It might come as a shock to toast-obsessed millennials, but avocados and criminality have a surprisingly close relationship. In Mexico, for instance, boojie brunchers’ obsession with the creamy green fruit has helped prices sky-rocket to such an extent that drug cartels are beginning to force their way into the business. Suddenly, mid-morning guacamole doesn’t seem quite so innocent. However, for all the tangential law breaking in central America, one enterprising criminal has decided that avocado’s potential goes way beyond black market money making. Where others only saw breakfast, he saw opportunity.
According to a report in The Times of Israel, a man has been arrested in a Bedouin village in the south of the country on suspicion of using an avocado to rob two banks in the city of Beersheba. The 47-year-old, who has a history of larceny, is accused of stealing nearly NIS 30,000 ($8,300) by using one of the ovoid fruit painted black and disguised as a hand grenade. This, apparently, was more than enough to make off with the cash.
Multiple media reports state that the man first entered a Postal Bank branch at the Big Beersheba shopping mall in mid-May, and proceeded to hand the cashier a note instructing her to “Hand over the money in the drawer”. According to a report on Channel 12, the Hebrew word for drawer was misspelled. It was only when the cashier appeared to hesitate that the thief produced his avo and said “Put the money in the bag quickly or I’ll throw this grenade.” The terrified employee didn’t need a second invitation.
Incredibly, despite making off with around NIS 16,000 ($4,450) armed only with one of your five-a-day, the man decided to push his luck for a second time just five days later. He entered another branch of Postal Bank, repeated his threat and absconded with another NIS 12,000 ($3,300). It’s unclear whether he used the same avocado.
Initially, police were at a loss as to how to identify the suspect. Security cameras appeared to show the man employing a number of unusual disguises, including sunglasses and an eyepatch. However, thanks to cell phone triangulation, law enforcement were able to successfully track him down and apprehend him. It just goes to show that, however unorthodox your methods, crimes rarely pays.