On March 25, 50-year-old Laurence James Vonderdell from Bournemouth robbed a bank, stealing £1,000. Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, reported that the man raised his ‘weapon’ and threatened a cashier at a Barclays branch. Later on, it was found out that the weapon is not a real one but a banana. The fruit was covered with a plastic bag.
According to an article by Independent, a British online newspaper, Vonderdell reportedly went to a Nationwide bank. However, he transferred to Barclays because there were too many customers there. After robbing the bank, Vonderdell approached nearby police officers where he confessed his crime and “wanted to be arrested.” However, he was told to go to a local police station to report the crime. He walked over two miles to the police destination with the stolen money and confessed that he committed an armed robbery. The man was detained after. In the Bournemouth Crown Court, it was revealed that Vonderdell robbed the bank to ‘have a roof over his head’.
|Photo Credit: Bournemouth Police (via The Independent)|
On June 17, Judge Robert Pawsonat sentenced Vonderdell of serving a 14-month prison term after admitting to robbery and possessing an imitation firearm. Anne-Marie Garvie, the man’s lawyer, said he had ‘no intention of hurting anyone’. He only did the crime so he can have a place to stay. It is also understood that he had not intended to spend the stolen money. In an interview, Detective Constable Andy Hale from Bournemouth CID 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.”
|Photo Credit: Bournemouth Police (via Unilad)|
However, this is not the first time that this has happened. Last May, an Israeli man used a piece of fruit to rob. He threatened a bank employee with a “grenade” that was actually an avocado painted black. The man is facing charges for stealing 30000 Israeli shekels (£6,637).