WARREN - A 28-year-old Warren Township woman, who posted bond at the Trumbull County Jail on Friday evening, was arrested within hours for holding up a local pizza shop.
Jessica R. Bucco, 1796 Kale-Adams Road, told Warren police that she ''didn't have any other choice'' but to rob the Little Caesar's Pizza, 2525 Youngstown Road S.E., shortly before 10:30 a.m.
Bucco, who was back in Trumbull County Jail Saturday night and awaiting an appearance Monday in Warren Municipal Court for a robbery charge, made the remark to a Warren police officer. The admission was captured on the officer's interior cruiser camera as she was driven back to jail. The Warren officer picked her up after a Braceville officer stopped her in her car near the intersection of Kale-Adams and Center-South Road as Bucco was on her way home.
The dark-colored Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving was towed back to Warren Police headquarters where police were looking for more evidence.
A video surveillance camera at the pizza shop recorded the woman making her getaway in a pink shirt, black spandex pants, a silver hat and a leopard-print purse.
One Warren officer watched the video and pointed out it was the same outfit the woman was wearing when he arrested her earlier for passing bad checks and receiving stolen property at Huntington Bank on Main Avenue S.W.
At the pizza shop, the would-be customer with the leopard-print purse first tried to pay for a pizza with different credit cards that were all turned down. Employees at the shop also refused to take a check, according to reports.
The woman left, only to return later with a note demanding everything in the cash register and the fact that she had a gun in the purse. An employee told police the purse was opened to display the gun, but it was never removed, reports said.
The female bandit escaped with $132.