'Cake Boss' giveaway pleases thousands, gets fugitive caught
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.