Roseburg, OR – A thief armed with a can of bug spray attacked a bartender inside an area restaurant, according to AZ Central. Although the victim attempted to disarm the robber, he ultimately took a direct shot of bug spray to the face for his troubles.
Wearing gloves, a shoulder-length blonde wig, a white beanie, and a green sweatshirt, the unidentified man entered Elmer’s Restaurant late Monday night armed with the unusual weapon. Once the bartender realized what the man intended to do, he made a heroic attempt to knock the can out of his hands. Unfortunately, the thief overpowered the poor employee, resulting in a face full of repellent.
The Washington Post reports that the thief made off with an undisclosed amount of money. As of this writing, the individual is still at-large.
“This is an extremely unusual case. We’ve had robberies in the past, but the idea of using bug spray as a weapon is a first,” Sgt. Aaron Dunbar of the Roseburg police explained to KPIC.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a person has used an unusual weapon in a robbery attempt. Last April, a 49-year-old New York man tried to rob three separate banks with a plunger. Not surprisingly, he was unsuccessful in his endeavors. The man was arrested shortly after his third failure.
In October of 2011, a Brandon, Florida pizza delivery driver was robbed by two suspects armed with wasp repellent. Instead of snatching money, however, the hungry crooks made off with the pizza. After canvasing the area with the assistance of police dogs, the trouble-making teenagers were apprehended by police.
Individuals who have been sprayed with insect repellent should immediately cleanse the affected area with water. According to Medline Plus, this should take care of most symptoms. However, the website states that “burns to the eyes may require medication.”