"Diff'rent Strokes" actress Dana Plato asked for a job picking up trash minutes before she allegedly robbed a Las Vegas video store, the manager of her apartment complex says.

"The job was already filled," said Linda Schlax, manager of the Anchor Village II apartments. Plato, 26, lives there with her boyfriend, Schlax said."They're both real nice people. Everybody really likes them," she said.

Plato asked for work at the complex about 15 minutes before the robbery occurred Feb. 28., Schlax said.

Plato, who is free on bail, is charged with threatening a video store clerk with a pellet gun and stealing $160.

She played Kimberly Drummond on the television series.