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Shoplifters Wear Watermelons On Heads To Conceal Identities

Two suspects wore carved out watermelon masks while shoplifting from a convenience store.

Louisa, VA – One person has been arrested in a case involving two suspects who wore watermelons on their head as they stole from a convenience store.

The Louisa Police Department said two people came to the store on May 5 wearing hollowed out watermelons with holes cut out for the eyes, according to WRIC.

TMZ reported that the two suspects shoplifted from a Sheetz convenience store.

Police had surveillance tape of the incident and were able to use shots of that footage when asking the public to help identify the suspects.

Virginia law prohibits anyone older than 16 from wearing “any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer (in) any public place (with) the intent to conceal his identity,” according to the Mercury News. It is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Customer Barry Welch saw the photos of the suspects wearing the watermelon headpiece.

“I definitely give them some points for ingenuity. In a time like this, you could’ve worn any kind of mask, but to come up with a watermelon …,” Welch said, according to WRIC. “But it wasn’t super shocking being out here in Louisa. We’ve always had some crazy new stories going around.”

Candice Wendt, another customer at the store, questioned the intelligence of the shoplifters.

“I think it’s ridiculous. Innovative but ridiculous. The amount of work that you have to do to actually hollow out a watermelon to stick it on your head, I think, is kind of crazy. Why would they do that? It’s so stupid,” Wendt said, according to WRIC.

Justin Rogers was ultimately located and arrested for wearing a mask in public while committing larceny, underage possession of alcohol and petit larceny of alcohol. Rogers was 20 at the time the crimes were committed, WRIC reported.

Police are searching for a second suspect.

Tom Gantert - May Thu, 2020

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