Serial pizza robber pressured to turn self in
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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Troy Boutelle
Troy Boutelle
Patterson Police Detectives are in the process of unraveling a massive case of serial robberies of pizza establishments throughout the Central Valley and East Bay after arresting a man who turned himself in. Police are now saying the suspect has admitted during police questioning to a rash of pizza restaurant robberies.

Troy Boutelle, 45, of Modesto surrendered himself to Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies at the Sheriff’s main office on Hackett Road in Modesto Sunday, Jan. 5. Boutelle turned himself in after a clear picture allegedly connected him to the robbery of a Papa Murphy’s pizza take and bake store near the corner of West Las Palmas and Ward avenues in Patterson on December 29, 2013, said Patterson Police Sgt. Paul Yotsuya.

Patterson Police released a high resolution picture of the alleged robber Jan. 3 to the public requesting help in locating Boutelle - who has now admitted to detectives to the Patterson Papa Murphy’s robbery as well as 36 others as far south as Merced, north to San Joaquin County and other locations in the East Bay.

Police say Boutelle admitted to passing a note to a Papa Murphy’s employee, forcing him to give up an undisclosed amount of money.

Boutelle was seen on video wearing an Oakland Raiders jacket, black hat and sunglasses.

Yotsuya said Patterson Police received no less than six tips, all naming the suspect as Boutelle.

During a two hour interview by Detectives Casey Hill and Michael Andriese, Boutelle made the admission to all of the robberies.

“It was like peeling away the layers of an onion,” Yotsuya said. “I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the hard work of (Hill and Andriese).”

Public safety and city government reporter Nick Rappley can be reached at 209-568-9975 or
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