Bank robber strikes in Israel, threatening tellers with avocado he claimed was grenade

A bank robber in Israel allegedly burglarized two banks last month by threatening bank tellers with an avocado he claimed was a grenade.

The thief, identified as a 47-year-old man, stole almost $8,400 from two banks in Beersheba with his avocado, which he painted black, and a misspelled handwritten note demanding money from the bank teller.

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“Hand over the money in the drawer,” the note read, according to The Times of Israel. The man allegedly told the woman: "Put the money in the bag or I'll quickly throw this grenade."

The robber was holding the edible "grenade" and got away with nearly $4,500.

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Less than a week later, the man pulled the same stunt using the imposter grenade at another bank, and successfully stole more than $3,300, the news outlet reported.

Investigators were able to track the man's cell phone, and identified him as a former convict who previously served three years for robbery.