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By Dustin Phillips on
July 18, 2014
December 31, 2019

Some people just don't know when to quit.A 29-year-old Kentucky man arrested for shoplifiting beer has been charged with additional crimes after pulling a prank at the police station where he was taken.Police say Michael Harp and his friends were arrested for stealing beer from a convenience store--not once, but multiple times in the same day, shoplifting a total of $36 worth of beer and drinking it in public.When Harp and his buddies were seen drinking the purloined beer in public, they were arrested on complaints of shoplifting and public intoxication.It takes a special kind of nerve--or a special level of inebriation--to keep going into the same store to steal, and then to brazenly drink the stolen suds in public view, but according to police, Harp wasn't finished with his shenanigans yet.While at the station, Harp asked the arresting officer if he could use his cell phone to call a family member. Instead of using his phone to call a relative--or even better, a lawyer--Harp placed a call to the local Domino's pizza and ordered the delivery of 5 pizzas, placing the order in the name of Captain Coy Wilson, the arresting officer.When Domino's called back to confirm the order, the person who answered the phone answered as "Captain Wilson."When the pizzas were delivered, another police officer paid $40 for the food before discovering that Capt. Wilson had not, in fact, ordered pizza for the department or the detainees.The police department did not find Harp's pizza prank as hilarious as the arrestee apparently found his drunken escapade. He has been charged with theft by deception and two felonies: identity theft and impersonating an officer.Oh, Corbin Police Department--you have no sense of drunken humor.Harp is denying that he is responsible for the pizza delivery prank, telling a local news station that the situation is all a misunderstanding:"I'm wrongfully accused on this here. They've charged me with two felonies over this pizza deal because I had my phone inside the holding cell.�There was about 10 people who probably used the phone, so it's hard to say. Like I said, I never heard anyone say a word about Domino's pizzas. Any of it."Police reports do not reveal what became of the pizzas.


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