BUTLER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Police say a man impersonating the Allegheny County District Attorney stole food and beer at numerous Butler County businesses.
State police say the man first went to a Butler tobacco shop Wednesday morning where he told a clerk that he was Stephen Zappala as he attempted to get free goods.READ MORE: Allison Park Church Holds Food Distribution Event At Beaver Valley Mall
By the afternoon, authorities say he’d altered his story slightly when he went to Kari and Jeff Eberhardt’s business.
Kari Eberhardt, who owns Pizza Joe’s, said, “The guy comes in and pretends to be from the D.A.’s office which struck me weird because usually someone that comes in like that doesn’t advertise who they are.”
The impersonator then told Jeff Eberhardt that he’s not Zappala, but instead, works for him.
“[He said], ‘I [The impersonator] ordered pizza here a couple weeks ago, they messed up my orders.’ He said, ‘I’m with the D.A.’s office],’ and he’s wondering if we could replace them,” Jeff Eberhardt said.
The story didn’t seem right, but they decided to take the $40 hit trying to make the customer happy.READ MORE: New Ordinance Allows Food Truck Operation In Monessen
The man then asked where the closest beer distributor was.
Investigators say he then used a similar story to steal a case of beer from the Drive Thru Beverage Beer store.
The man is described as a white male in his mid-40, about 6-feet-2-inches tall, 200 to240 pounds with light-colored hair and a mustache.
He was last seen leaving the Butler County area in a late-model, white Crown Victoria.
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