Man 'armed' with potato in robbery attempt

April 23, 2014 6:38:36 AM PDT
Police say a man used a potato to pretend he had a gun while trying to rob a Rhode Island business.

A local television station reports that the man entered a convenience store Monday with a potato and shouted: "Give me the money." A police report says the store manager chased him off with a baseball bat. Police provided a description of the suspect. They say officers later went to a laundromat where an employee told them a man fitting the description came in carrying a potato and yelled: "I need the money."

The TV station reports that the employee gave the man a $20 bill from a decoy cash register, and he left.


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