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June 24, 2005

It's never a good idea to fill out an employment application with your correct name and address if you plan on robbing the place, but that's exactly what police in Las Vegas say a 23-year-old man did.

Police say Alejandro Martinez of Las Vegas entered Papa Murphy's pizza parlor, ordered a pizza, and asked for an application for employment--and then began filling it out, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Police say the suspect then showed a gun and demanded money from the cashier, who gave him $200. But when the suspect was leaving, he left behind the application, which included his name and address, according to authorities.

An attorney representing Martinez contends his client is innocent, saying a witness was unable to identify Martinez as the robber, and the prosecutor never introduced the application during a preliminary hearing.

"The actual identity (of the suspect) is still in dispute," Deputy Public Defender James Ruggeroli tells the newspaper.

The partially filled out application is not what led employees to arrest Martinez, the newspaper notes. Police say a witness wrote down the license plate of the getaway car the witness said the robber had used, and that information eventually led them to the home of Martinez. The police discovered the application when they returned to the restaurant to investigate further, according to the newspaper.

Authorities charged Martinez with burglary and robbery with the use of a deadly weapon.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

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