Suspect uses potato in attempted robberies

April 22, 2014, 5:46 am
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4/28/14 update: Arrest made.

(NECN) - A so-called "potato bandit" is on the loose in Providence, R.I.

Police are searching for a would-be robber accused of using a vegetable as a weapon.
     
The man allegedly tried to rob two stores on Monday using a knife and a potato that apparently looked like a handgun.  
     
The first attempted robbery happened at a gas station where the man demanded money, but the cashier only handed over a fake $20 bill.
     
At the suspect’s next stop, a dry cleaner, he did not get away with any cash either.

The suspect is described as a male with a skinny build, between 5'2" and 5'7" in height.
     
Anyone with information should call the police.

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*Information received from WJAR.

Tags: rhode island, Providence, robberies, potato
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