June 19, 2008 Police said it ranks near the top as one of the oddest things they've ever seen. But the palm frond wasn't the robber's only weapon. He was also brandishing a pair of flip-flops. Gelando Olivieri burst through the door of V and F Discount Beverage threatening the clerk with the sharp end of a palm frond.
He waved it like a spear, tapped on the counter and demanded money from Guruda Sarkar who admitted the surprise factor worked.
He just remembers the man wanting money.
"He just kept saying 'give me 50 dollar, give me 50 dollar,'" Sarkar said of the incident. Olivieri, with his shirt pulled up over his head, made the most of his homemade weapon.
He started jabbing it toward the clerk, shaking the branch, slapping the man's hand away and demanding he open the register.
What he didn't count on, apparently, was a customer inside who grabbed a bar stool from behind t
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Location: Deland, Florida, United States (load item map)
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