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Man robs two stores using a potato as weapon

By Mason White 11:54 AM May 5, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A man managed to steal a fake $20 bill using a potato as a weapon, police in Rhode Island said.

Providence Police said that the man, who carried the potato, unsuccessfully tried to rob a convenience store and dry cleaners in the Charles neighborhood on Monday afternoon.

The first incident occurred about 2:00 p.m., when police received a call from the Branch Avenue convenience store, where the store manager chased the suspect with a baseball bat after he shouted “give me the money” at the cashier. The suspect was described as a Hispanic or white male, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

Minutes later, an employee at the Charles Street dry cleaners, called police to report that the man held a potato while screaming “I need the money.” The employee handed him a fake $20 bill before he fled from the scene.

The employee described the suspect as in his twenties with “white lips.” She said that he was of medium height and slim.

The convenience store and the dry cleaners have video surveillance of the incidents, but so far, no arrests have been made.