On Tuesday a man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia before making his escape on a bicycle with the stolen banana, cash & cigarettes (presumably as a smoker it was a fairly slow-pedalled escape), a security surveillance tape showed.
The suspect shimmied into the Tejada Grocery store & lined-up behind another customer at the counter where loose, individual bananas were for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police yesterday.
As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie & used it to simulate a gun (so full marks to the cashier who managed to be robbed by a man holding a banana taken, in plain sight, from his own stock).
Police said the man demanded cash & cigarettes, but did not request any further fruit.
The robber rode then away on what was, apparently, his own bicycle.
Makes “The Italian Job” look a bit overblown, to say the least.