WORCESTER, MA (CBS/WBZ) -- A would-be robber got more than he bargained for Monday (12/10) when he tried to steal a wallet from a man waiting in line inside a Worcester, MA pizza shop.
Turns out the man holding the wallet was none other than Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early, Jr.
Early says he became suspicious when he noticed 27 year-old Jason Beudreau of Worcester, MA watching him very closely as he took out his wallet to prepare to pay for his pizza. He says, "When I got in there, there was a long line and i noticed the guy to my right. And when I pulled out my billfold, he just took a look at it."
Early said he made the decision to put his wallet back in his pocket and pay when his food was ready. When it was time to pay for his food, Early says he pulled out his wallet and that's when Beudreau tried to grab and dash with the DA's wallet. He says, "And when I did, I saw a hand come over and grab it. I grabbed it back and I lowered my shoilder and just pushed him into the wall. And I looked over to the counter and said look, I need some help, I'm being robbed."
A couple of restaurant workers came over and helped Early subdue Beudreau until police got there. Early says, "He had no idea, I guess with the grey hair I look a little more vulnerable, I don't know."
Beudreau was arrested and pleaded not guilty to assault and battery and unarmed robbery charges in court Monday.