One suspect is in custody after two people shoplifted from a Virginia gas station wearing watermelons as masks to disguise their faces. The two walked into a Sheetz gas station located in Louisa, Virginia, near Washington D.C., where they were able to walk out with a bag full of stuff before one was caught. While police continue to search for the other, Police Chief Tom Leary says that 20-year-old Justin Rogers has been put in custody, according to TMZ.
Rogers was booked on three different charges: Misdemeanor larceny of alcohol, misdemeanor possession of alcohol by an underage person and felony prohibition of wearing a mask/face covering in public. "On May 6, 2020, at 2135 hours, two subjects arrived at the Sheetz in a LIFTED 2006 Black Toyota Tacoma wearing hallowed-out watermelon rinds with holes cut out for the eyes into the store where they proceeded to commit a larceny," the Louisa Police Department said in a statement while asking for the public's help in identifying the two suspects. Surveillance video of the two helped detail for police the body build and size, along with other features that can be used for an investigation.
While the two were caught on video inside, they were also caught on camera outside leaving in a black Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck after arriving around 11:30 p.m. So far, no reports have stated that any weapons were used in their grab-and-go act. Users on social media had a hilarious response towards what happened; below are a list from Twitter.
& The sheriffs office names the case “melon heads” too
Luv my hometown 🙂— lacey 🌙 (@spaceylacey_) May 18, 2020
They must be high off the SEED!😂😂 pic.twitter.com/7gjv6CAyUS— Anthony PrettyBoy Taylor (@anthony_foreal) May 17, 2020
I had nothing to do with this.— Fatty Melon (@Fatty_Melon) May 17, 2020
"When theres a mask shortage but you gotta make ends meet"— Johnzilla (@Johnmoosekeys) May 17, 2020
I may have a solution... pic.twitter.com/Ewnj9Oc0tm— Lucas W (@LucasBSdetector) May 17, 2020
They look like aliens lol.— Charlie L 🎼 (@CharlieL_) May 17, 2020
Captain Melonhead's gone rogue pic.twitter.com/XYZ3czuhQT— Trey007 (@Tresse007) May 18, 2020
Booked on a second degree melony.....— Bregman’s Stache (@bregman_stache) May 18, 2020
America in a nutshell smh pic.twitter.com/iyq2ta2t7x— Reggie Quartey (@ReggieGh2) May 18, 2020
They must’ve been really hungry— 🐙 (@jellymonn) May 17, 2020
Watermelon heads 🤣🤷♂️— Panthorium (@panthorium) May 17, 2020
Oh c’mon...who hasn’t thought of robbing a convenience store wearing hollowed out watermelon masks😎??— Neil Davis (@NeilRDavis) May 18, 2020
WaterFelons— Fox Will 🇯🇲 (@FoxalotWill) May 18, 2020
Time to do crime pic.twitter.com/s6vyX4ACLy— INFLXBLE (@MInflxble) May 18, 2020
TP bandit. pic.twitter.com/jgqjFJ828J— JTdabarber⚡️LA (@JTdabarberLA) May 18, 2020
me running off with the pack * pic.twitter.com/OrxMAqM1DP— L.A. JAY (@LAJAYWOP) May 18, 2020
Gotta respect the creativity and originality.— 🇳🇴 Filip Orvik (@FilipOrvik) May 18, 2020
The watermelon bandits strike again!— A$AP Sharky (@NarkShark) May 18, 2020