Police say a man now known as the Bug Spray Bandit robbed the Elmer’s restaurant in Oregon while armed with a can of the pesticide, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, shoulder length blonde wig and gloves.
He was apparently able to get to the cash register after spraying the bartender in the face before leaving.
Sgt. Aaron Dunbar of the Roseburg police said that bug spray isn’t usually used by criminals.
“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,” he told KPIC-TV.
However, there may be a precedent.
Back in November, a man who robbed a bank in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca., was also armed with a pesticide sprayer.
Toting a white plastic spritzer of bug spray and clad in a yellow rain jacket with a dust mask, the perp who pulled off the Nov. 4 heist might have been able to pass himself off as an exterminator.
Witnesses described the perp as a white man, about 30 years old, with a thin build. He stands about 5-foot-11 and has wavy brown hair and an unshaven face. The crook was last seen wearing jeans, white sneakers, a black baseball cap, a yellow rain coat and a dust mask.