Out of their gourds—two robbers wearing hollowed-out watermelons as masks committed larceny at a Sheetz in Louisa, Virginia.
The Louisa Police Department has made an arrest of one 20-year-old Justin M. Rogers, who was charged with wearing a mask in public while committing larceny, underage possession of alcohol, and petit larceny of alcohol. What was unusual was his mask.
At 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, a lifted 2006 black Toyota Tacoma pulled into a Sheetz in Louisa, Virginia. Two men entered wearing hollowed-out watermelons with holes cut out for the eyes. They committed larceny and left.
The Louisa Police Department posted a news release on their Facebook page seeking information about the cantalouped caper. The post asked for help locating the two suspects. In the comments, residents shared anecdotes and images of other places the melonheads had been spotted.
Sheetz customer Barry Welch said that he was kind of blown away when he saw the photos, “but it wasn’t super shocking being out here in Louisa, we’ve always had some crazy new stories going around. I definitely give them some points for ingenuity ... Well, I was like at a time like this you could’ve worn any kind of mask, but to come up with a watermelon."
Another customer, Candice Wendt, said, “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? Why would they do that? It’s so stupid."
The Search Continues?
It's unclear whether the search is still on for the last melonhead, as the Louisa Police Department's Facebook post has been removed. The post had said that anyone with information should contact Officer Taylor at 540-967-1234, call Crime Solvers at 1-800-346-1466, or visit louisatown.org/report-a-crime.
Do you think a melon would make a good mask? Should they have carved mouth holes for better breathing? How would you improve on their design? Leave your reaction below with a comment!