When police investigated the incident they found several holes in the manager’s story, and quickly arrested him on the suspicion that it had been him who had stolen the money. David DeCoste, 29, told police in Framingham, near Boston, that a man wearing a hockey mask came into the store as they were closing and demanded the money.
None of the other employees in the store at the time saw the alleged robbery, and none of them even heard DeCoste shouting for help as he claimed to have done. DeCoste eventually confessed to taking the money himself, and led detectives the spot he had buried it, however police found a bag containing ‘substantially less’money than the amount that was taken.
Although he claimed he had ‘lost’ the rest of the money, DeCoste then turned up at the police station the next day with another stash of money, saying he had found his other hiding place.
The full amount still did not add up to what was initially taken from the store.
DeCoste is now being charged with filing a false crime report, intimidating a witness, larceny from a building and larceny of more than $250.