A man who admits swiping a 52-cent doughnut from a Missouri convenience store could be in big, big trouble. Authorities say he also shoved the clerk who tried to stop him.

Scott Masters has been charged with felony second-degree robbery and, given his criminal record, he could land in the clink for 30 years to life.

Masters denies touching the female worker in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He calls being charged with a strong-arm robbery over a doughnut "impossible."

But the police chief and the county prosecutor aren't buying his version. And they insist it's not about the doughnut, but about the shove.

For Masters' part, he didn't even get to enjoy his ill-gotten gains. He says he threw the doughnut away as he fled.