Ineffective Drive-Thru Robber With a Plastic Bag on His Head Caught in Laguna Beach
|All he needs now is a toy gun.|
Police have charged David Brian Mattson, a 48-year-old homeless man, with 12 attempted robberies and--get this--a single successful one. Some drive-thru employee feels foolish right now.
Our sister paper in Los Angeles, LA Weekly, has the story of his arrest:
A police sergeant was waiting outside a gas station on the way out of Laguna Beach, hoping to catch sight of the suspect's 2006 Chevy Malibu after a another attempted plastic-bag robbery was reported at a Jack In the Box on South Coast Highway.
That's when the suspect made his grand-finale doofus move. With the police car in the parking lot, he walked into the Village Mart Gas Station at 120 S. Coast Hwy. (bag over his head, business as usual), pulled out what turned out to be a harmless toy handgun and demanded money from the attendant.
Laguna Beach police Lieutenant Jason Kravetz told City News Service that upon spotting the police car outside, Mattson walked out of the gas station empty-handed, trying to play it cool like he wasn't just pointing a gun at a gas-station attendant while wearing a plastic bag on his head. (No, we're never going to get over the plastic-bag thing.)
"The clerk ran out after him, saying, 'He's got a gun,' and that's when he was arrested,'' Kravetz said.
Not surprisingly, based on his checkered record as a criminal, Mattson is being held on $50,000 bail and can't afford to make payment.