Man Holds Up Bank Using A Banana In A Plastic Bag
A man has been jailed for robbing a bank with a banana. Let's just agree now not to make any jokes about him 'a-peeling' his sentence, OK?
Fifty-year-old Laurence James Vonderdell walked into a Barclays bank in Bournemouth with a banana covered in a plastic Sainsbury's bag. He approached the cashier and said: "This is a stick-up - give me the cash."
He was given more than £1,100 in £20 notes, before he left the bank and approached some nearby police officers and told them he had committed an armed robbery and that he 'wanted to be arrested'.
The cops advised him to go to a police station, which he did.
In Bournemouth Crown Court, the judge heard that Vonderdell was about to be made homeless from his flat, so decided to hold up a bank in an attempt to get arrested, so he would 'have a roof over his head'.
His lawyer Anne-Marie Garvie told the court her client had 'no intention of hurting anyone' and that he had only carried out the crime to avoid being homeless.
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The court also heard that he had 'no intention' of spending the cash he stole, The Independent reports.
Sentencing, Judge Robert Pawson said: "He's gone into a bank with a banana in a plastic bag. It sounds laughable but the cashier didn't know that.
#LatestNews - A man who threatened a cashier and robbed a Bournemouth bank has been jailed. Laurence James Vonderdell, aged 50 and of Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court today, Monday 17 June 2019. https://t.co/JXZ6Y3FKkp pic.twitter.com/1OWTjGlZxY
- Dorset Police (@dorsetpolice) June 17, 2019
"What would have happened if an armed response unit had been called?"
He was jailed for 14 months.
Detective Constable Andy Hale said: "Even though the defendant handed himself in shortly after this incident and the cash was recovered, this must still have been a very distressing incident for the cashier involved."
Bizarrely, this isn't the first time someone has held up a bank using fruit - earlier this year, a man in Israel was arrested after he walked into the Postal Bank 'armed' with an avocado he had painted black, telling the clerk that if she didn't hand over NIS 16,000 (£3,692) he would detonate his 'grenade'.
According to The Times of Israel, he did the exact same thing in a different bank less than a week later and made off with NIS 12,000 (£2,634).
The alleged robber was caught by cops after they tracked his mobile phone.
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