Most likely, every angler has made up some excuse to go fishing.
But using fishing as an excuse to get out of a robbery charge? That’s what a man in Florida tried over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says the 29-year-old tried to rob a Family Dollar in Deltona Saturday evening.
After the attempt, the suspect ran off and tried to hide in a nearby pond. Unfortunately for him, a police helicopter was in the area and spotted him using infrared technology. The pilot guided officers on the ground to the suspect’s location.
Ducking down into the water didn’t help, obviously. When the police found him, his excuse? He was just fishing, and his pole was in the water.
The kicker? This wasn’t even his first bad bluff of the day. The cashier at the store refused to give him cash and didn’t fall for the “I’ve got a gun in the back of my pants” maneuver.
No gun. No pole. No money. Just soggy clothes and trip to the county jail.