Police: Man ‘armed’ with potato in robbery attempt

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (WJAR) – Providence police said a man carrying a potato tried to rob two businesses Monday.

“He said, ‘I need the money, money.’ I said, ‘Take it easy. I give you the money. Don’t worry,’” Anna Jung said.

Jung said she was robbed at her family’s dry cleaning business by a man wielding a potato.

“He said, ‘Don’t call 911.’ I said, ‘OK. Take it easy,’” Jung said.

The only thing in the register was a counterfeit $20 bill.

The man wasn’t happy with the amount, but he eventually left, taking the potato with him.

“I heard it on the news and I say, it was ridiculous, man,” said Linda Hopkins of Providence. “That’s it.”

The Jungs have owned their business for 26 years and fear the robbery will scare customers away.

“My customers getting nervous. They don’t want to come to a dangerous place. So, we worry about that,” Jung’s husband said.

Providence police said the dry cleaner wasn’t the man’s first target.

Workers at a Shell station on Branch Avenue said he tried to hold them up about 30 minutes earlier. They scared him away with a bat, but there was a struggle before the bandit fled.

Witnesses described the robber as a fair skinned man about 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a black mask and a dark sweatshirt with a T-shirt underneath.

Even though the robber didn’t get away with anything of value, Providence police are still looking for him. Investigators are looking at surveillance video.

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