Pizza boxes help capture deadbeat parents

Published: Mar. 25, 2011 at 7:57 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM EDT
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HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (CNN) - Law officials have created a way to catch so called "deadbeat parents" by putting wanted flyers on every pizza box in town.

"These people have avoided apprehension for quite some time, and if you want new results you have to try and be willing to come up with creative and innovative ways," said Assistant Attorney Lee Riddle.

Customers will get their piece of the pie in more ways than one: by helping police officers catch parents who have been skipping out on child support. For the next two weeks, every pizza box that goes out will have the flyer on the front.

Riddle said it has prompted one man, who owed more than $20,000, to turn himself in.

"A lot of law enforcement relies upon a certain embarrassment factor to the public, and it helps actually fight crime," Riddle said.

Willis Dietz, owner of Rocksan's Pizza, said most of his customers get their pizza on the go.

"We're hoping that at least 80 percent of our people are seeing these flyers and taking the time to look at them and say, 'Oh, I know this person,'" Dietz said. "All it takes is one phone call."

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