VIDEO: Pizza costume walks away from Papa John's

LAKELAND, Fla. - Polk County deputies say a man walked into Papa John's Pizza restaurant, put on a pizza costume, and then walked out of the Lakeland restaurant Sunday evening.  

Detectives say a white man, perhaps 18 years old, entered the restaurant with six others, wearing a white button-up shirt, dark pants and a dark tie.  He put the costume on and left the store wearing it.

The costume is described as approximately six feet tall, and looks like a giant slice of pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and black olives.

Video surveillance shows the images of the suspect and four persons of interest. They are described as three older white males with dark hair. One had a full beard. The fourth person of interest is described as a white female with dark hair.

Two other persons of interest were described as a white male with dark hair wearing a white shirt, and dark pants; and an Asian female wearing black leggings and a light-colored jacket.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Kim Douglas at 863-577-1600 or 863.298.6200. Those who want to remail anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Hearland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or visit

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