Bust a gut: Strange disguise leads Fort Worth police to arrest

Posted Thursday, Dec. 05, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Fake Santas aren’t the only ones finding a different use for pillows this season.

A Fort Worth man was spending his 62nd birthday behind bars Thursday after being accused of robbing employees at a Dollar Tree store in Montgomery Place while armed with a hunting knife and wearing a pillow tied around his midsection.

Employees told police that on Saturday, a man with a thin face and an abnormally large midsection entered the store about 10:10 p.m. and began walking up and down aisles before asking to speak to the manager.

The manager, who was in the office preparing for closing that night, opened the office door and approached the man. He pulled out a hunting knife, placed it to her back and pushed her back into the office, according to a police report.

The man pushed another employee into the office, then demanded the store’s night deposit. After being handed the money, the robber ordered that a third employee be paged to the office, the report says.

One of the employees hid near the rear of the store and called 911. The robber fled before police arrived.

Robbery Sgt. Joe Loughman said responding officers arrested James William McGee a short time later. He was hiding behind the store in some trees, changing out of his disguise, which included a brownish or gray wig, Loughman said.

“The abnormally large stomach was part of his disguise,” Loughman said. “It was a pillow tied around his midsection.”

On Tuesday, prosecutors filed two charges of aggravated robbery against McGee, court records show.

He was in the Tarrant County Jail with bail set at $70,000, jail records show.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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