Moron of the Morning: Robber Forgets To Put On Mask

January 5, 2019 GMT

A Bob Marley hat helped police nab a man suspected of robbing a Dollar Tree in Minnesota on Christmas Eve, authorities say.

Quincy Gerrard Petty, 39, also reportedly forgot to put his mask on when he first walked into the retailer on Larpenteur Avenue and told an employee at the register he wasn’t “playing,” court documents say. “Open your register, I’m robbing you,” Petty reportedly said. He later reached under his sweatshirt near his waistband and yelled: “If you put your hands down, ya’ll done,” according to the criminal complaint filed against him via warrant this week in Ramsey County District Court.A store employee recognized Petty as the boyfriend of another employee, authorities say. When he saw the man look at him, Petty remembered his mask and pulled it over his face, according to the complaint. Another man accompanied Petty during the robbery, the complaint said.They took off with about $2,000 after store managers emptied a safe, authorities say. They fled in a red SUV. Police tracked down a vehicle matching the description to a location near Petty’s girlfriend’s home, the complaint said. He and his girlfriend were found outside her residence, and Petty was arrested, the complaint said.While he had changed his clothes, he was wearing the same Bob Marley hat that store employees reported seeing on the suspect, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in the case. Officers also found a crumpled envelope with the word “robbery” written on it inside Petty’s pockets, along with two coin wrapping papers and more than $600 in cash mostly in $1 bills, the complaint said.Petty denied involvement in the robbery. His girlfriend said he was with her all morning and that the incident was a setup by the store in retaliation for a complaint she filed. Petty faces one count of second-degree aggravated robbery and a second count of simple robbery. He has no criminal record in Minnesota. No attorney was listed for him in court records.