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'Cake Boss' giveaway pleases thousands, gets fugitive caught

| Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 5:18 p.m.
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Thousands gather in Market Square for a cake giveaway on Tuesday April 2, 2013. Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's 'The Cake Boss,' gave free 7-inch cakes to all who braved the cold and the hours-long wait.
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Francis Chao puts out more boxes of cakes in Market Square for a cake giveaway on Tuesday April 2, 2013. Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's 'The Cake Boss,' gave free 7-inch cakes to all who braved the cold and the hours-long wait.
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Dalila Min, 13, holds onto her cake boxes as she and others wait for a photo oppotunity with Buddy Valastro of 'The Cake Boss' in Market Square during a cake giveaway on Tuesday April 2, 2013. Dalila is from Michigan and is visiting family while on a break from school.
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Buddy Valastro of 'The Cake Boss' meets with fans who gathered in Market Square for a cake giveaway on Tuesday April 2, 2013. Valastro gave free 7-inch cakes to all who braved the cold and the hours-long wait. The cakes are being sold in Giant Eagle supermarkets.
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Lauren O'Leary, a student at Point Park University, walks away smiling after receiving a free cake in Market Square during a giveaway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's 'The Cake Boss,' gave free 7-inch cakes to all who braved the cold and the hours-long wait.
William Davenport, 52, of Pittsburgh, charged with stealing cakes from 'The Cake Boss' event in Market Square.

Apparently you can have free cake and steal it, too.

While Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's “The Cake Boss,” gave away cakes and posed for photos Tuesday afternoon in Market Square, a man sneaked into an unattended storage area and grabbed a case of four cakes, which retail at about $27 apiece, Pittsburgh police said.

His getaway ended when an event organizer pointed him out to officers.

They identified him as William Davenport, 52, of Sheraden. The icing on the cake: Police wanted him on three outstanding warrants for violating his probation on theft charges.

Police said Davenport apologized and said he was intoxicated. They charged him with theft and disorderly conduct.

Valastro came to Pittsburgh to hand out up to 10,000 cakes in a promotional event that continued until after 4 p.m. Thousands of fans mobbed Market Square throughout the day.

Police said officers broke up scuffles between people waiting in line and those who tried to cut into it. Most waited their turn.

“I understand that the cakes were being handed out for free at the event,” police spokeswoman Diane Richard said. “But they aren't free until someone hands them to you. I don't think that's what the ‘Cake Boss' wanted, for people to just come in and take the cakes.”

Tom Fontaine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7847 or tfontaine@tribweb.com.

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