Monday, January 18, 2010

What a goober!

He probably had the 'munchies'.

Peanut-eating bandit gets 3 years
VIERA, Fla. — A 24-year-old man who has peanuts to blame for leading police to him pleaded guilty Monday to a robbery charge.

Michael Maloy was sentenced to three years in prison and five years probation by Brevard Circuit Court Judge David Dugan.

Maloy was captured on video Sept. 9, 2009, walking into the Walgreens store while snacking on seasoned peanuts.

He approached a female clerk and told her to give him money from the cash register, officials said.

Maloy, who was unarmed, tossed his head back and put a handful of nuts into his mouth, allowing the store's surveillance cameras to capture his face, officials said.

He then ran out of the store, spilling some of the munchies on the floor before fleeing, officials said.

Police later collected the peanuts for potential DNA evidence linking the incident to Maloy, and when Maloy was caught, he still had peanuts in his pocket.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken during the robbery, officials said.

"Here's someone who over the last year or two has shown a propensity for criminal behavior up to the point where he progressed to robbery, a violent crime," said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police Department.

Martinez said that Maloy told the court he was sorry and admitted he had been drinking before the robbery.

Maloy could have faced up to 15 years for the robbery