The Case of the Pizza Pan Peddler

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- What could be every pizza chef's worst nightmare? Walking into the kitchen and firing up the oven only to discover that precious pizza pans have been stolen. It may sound like a half-baked story, but that was the case Thursday morning at an Ardmore Pizza Hut restaurant.

It was 'The Case of the Pilfered Pans.' Someone, somehow, managed to make off with dozens of discs designed to help dish up your favorite pizza pie.

It is hard enough to make the perfect pizza even when you have professional-grade pans, but it is downright impossible when those pans go for walk and don't come back home.

Lucky for the staff of this Pizza Hut, there were other restaurants in town that came to the rescue and loaned them a few extra.

"Someone had stolen several of the baking pans -- the pizza pans. Officers believe they had done this because they're made from aluminum, and aluminum can be sold for scrap. They went to a local recycling yard and were able to locate the pans and identify a suspect. The suspect was one of the employees there. Jody Guinn was subsequently arrested for stealing the pizza pans," Ardmore Police Department Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt said.

Guinn eventually traded those metal pans for metal bars, a metal sink, and a metal toilet in the plush surroundings of the Carter County Jail.

Guinn apparently had a lengthy criminal history and is presumably now looking for another job.

No word on if Guinn plans to continue his food service career.

Those pans are now back in the kitchen of the restaurant.

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