Police nab robber ‘armed’ with potato

Police nab robber ‘armed’ with potato

[Ed. – Potatoes kill.]

Providence police say a man carrying a potato disguised as a gun unsuccessfully attempted to rob a convenience store and a dry-cleaners in the city’s Charles neighborhood Monday afternoon.

The first report came around 2 p.m. when police reported to Branch Avenue convenience store where the store’s manager said he chased the suspect off with a baseball bat after he shouted “give me the money” to the cashier, according to a police report obtained by WPRI.com.

The suspect was described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male and was about 5’7” tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Minutes later, police reported to a Charles Street dry-cleaners where a female clerk said a man fitting the same description and carrying a potato yelled “I need the money.”

The clerk handed him a counterfeit $20 bill from a decoy cash register before he walked off.

She described the suspect as being in his twenties with white lips. She said he was of average height and a thin build.

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