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"Hot Chocolate Heist": Beverage Becomes Weapon in Convenience Store Robbery

(AP Photo, file)
LARRY CROWE
Store Surveillance Video (KTVQ)

BILLINGS, Mont. (CBS/KTVQ/AP) Yellowstone County police say a man walked into a convenience store about 8:30 p.m. Friday and filled up a cup of hot chocolate, in a seemingly innocent act.

But when the female clerk opened the cash register, surveillance video shows the man threw the hot chocolate in her face, took cash from the register and fled in a pickup truck.

Authorities say on Sunday morning they arrested the suspect, identified as Michael Barreca Jr., according to CBS affiliate KTVQ.

Barreca was charged with felony robbery, and a judge set bail Monday at $125,000. Prosecutors say the "hot chocolate heist" netted $48, according to KTVQ.

The clerk suffered minor burns in the incident and did not require medical attention.