Spud-wielding suspect uses potato in attempt to rob two Rhode Island businesses
Rhode Island police are on the lookout for a suspect who was passing a potato off as a gun during two unsuccessful robbery attempts on Monday.
The man first went to a Providence convenience store with the hot potato but was chased off with a baseball bat after he shouted “give me the money“ to the cashier.
The suspect, potato still in hand, then went to a nearby dry cleaner and told a female clerk, “I need the money.“
Anna Jung gave the man the only thing that was in the register, a counterfeit $20 bill.
"He said, 'Don't call 911.' I said, 'OK. Take it easy,'" Jung told WJAR.
Although he wasn’t pleased with the amount, the man fled with cash and the potato.
"I heard it on the news and I say, it was ridiculous, man," said local resident Linda Hopkins. "That's it."