Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Robber called 911 to confess

Jason Church said that voices in his head told him to rob a convenience store.

Apparently the voices in his head have a conscience.

Police say that right after he robbed the store, he was on the phone reporting the crime to authorities.

“He said that he had just robbed the Go Convenience store because the voices in his head told him to,” said Springfield police Lt. Scott Leven. “They also told him to turn himself in.”

Church was charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the crime. Church approached the ATM machine but left when clerk Doug Austin told him it was out of order. The man allegedly returned a short time later, this time pouring a cup of coffee and bringing it to the register.

“Austin asked the male if he could get him anything else (to) which the male replied, ‘All the money in the register,” the report says. “The male was holding a broken beer bottle in his hand and pointing the broken end at Austin.”

Church allegedly walked behind the counter and, making the clerk open the cash register, took $75. He fled in a maroon Oldsmobile.

“A short time later,” the statement says, Church called 911 from a pay phone. He allegedly told a dispatcher the voices in his head had ordered him to rob the store, and he was arrested a short time later. Police found $65 on the floorboard of Church’s car, which officers believe he lives in. He was held in the Greene County Jail on a $40,000 bond. (info from Springfield News-Leader)

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