With everyone wearing masks these days, it’s getting harder for armed robbers to stand out.
So all credit to this Louisiana stickup artist, who managed to come away from a chemists in the city of Ville Platte in the US with an undisclosed amount of opioid pills while dressed as a chipmunk.
Sheriff Charles Guillory said surveillance video recorded on Saturday, September 19, at the Medicine Chest pharmacy showed the armed suspect running from the store’s parking lot to the rear door of the store, forcing an employee back inside.
The chipmunk bandit then took a pharmacy employee through the store at gunpoint and ordered her to fill his bag with “an undisclosed amount of narcotic medication”.
The fancy-dress miscreant then left through the store’s rear exit, and ran off towards a nearby apartment complex.
Sheriff Guillory said he took the victim’s phone but when she told him she had irreplaceable pictures of her grandchildren saved on it, he removed the sim card and handed it to her.
Weird and wonderful costumes are being see on the streets increasingly often as people unable to obtain adequate PPE are improvising as best they can.
One Chinese man from Fujian province, named Li, was spotted in February supplementing his normal basic precautions with a £13 space suit.
He said: “I thought the costume was adorable and it could protect me.”
He added: “I am wearing a face mask underneath as well. It’s double protection.
The following month a particularly cautious person from Yeovil was spotted stocking up at a Tesco Extra store wearing a full hazmat suit as the spread of coronavirus reached Somerset.
And in Colchester, the self-styled Gimp Man of Essex was spotted buying essential items in his local Tesco.
It’s not clear whether the Gimp Man was dressed in head-to-toe latex as an anti-coronavirus precaution or whether that’s just how he likes to dress while buying his quiche.