Missouri Man Says Voices Made Him Rob Convenience Store, Admit to Crime

A man who said voices in his head told him to rob a convenience store on Monday is in jail after the voices apparently had a change of heart, police said.

Soon after Jason A. Church robbed the store, police said, he was on the phone telling authorities about his crime.

"He said that he had just robbed the Go Convenience store because the voices in his head told him to," Springfield police Lt. Scott Leven said. "They also told him to apparently turn himself in."

Church, 30, is charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the robbery at 6:13 a.m.

Police said Church pointed a broken beer bottle at the cashier, then went behind the counter and took $75 from the cash register.

A probable-cause statement says a short time after the robbery Church called 911 from a pay phone and told the dispatcher what the voices had made him do. He was arrested soon afterward.

Police said they found $65 on the floorboard of his car, where it is believed he had been living.

He was being held in Green County Jail on $40,000 bond.