09/07/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Unconventional Weaponry: Man Tries To Rob Video Store With A Jello Box

A West Virginia man recently attempted to rob a video store wielding an empty Jello box, claiming the container held a bomb. The Charleston Gazette reports on the crack police work that occurred:

"It was some kind of cheesecake dessert ... I'm not sure if it was pre-made," said Sgt. Aaron James, assistant chief of detectives for Charleston police. "I think he had just bought it at Kroger, and he ate it. Then he got the notion to go in and rob the business."

Luckily, no one was hurt. However, this raises a question: does it count as a weapon if his intent was to inflict mad cow disease?

The Jello-gentleman later came to his senses about his choice of weapon:

Before Parrish admitted to committing the crime, he watched the tape of the robbery with detectives.

"He said, 'That looks like a Jello box.' We said, 'Yeah, we think so too,'" James said.

With the current state of the video rental business, he may have also later realized that he should have planned some sort of identity fraud on Netflix customers instead.

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