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Robber Holds Up Bookies with Banana

16 March 2005

UNITED KINGDOM – UK Evening Standard: "A bungling robber who tried to hold up a London bookies with a banana was jailed for nearly seven years today.

"Robert Downey's costly slip up began with his unconvincing choice of weapon from a nearby fruit shop.

"Desperate to feed his crack habit, the masked raider reckoned without the 'barrel's' give-away bend, plainly visible through the flimsy blue carrier bag it was still wrapped in, London's Southwark Crown Court was told.

"Realising his hold-up was not having the intended impact, Downey decided a pair of scissors might help.

"…'They were shiny, metallic and he pointed them from his pocket, but seeing no money was going to be handed over he ran out of the shop," said Patrick Cahill, prosecuting…"

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