By Phyllis Stark. CREATED May 4, 2014
A Georgia man is accused of robbing a Waffle House restaurant in Norcross, Ga., Thursday night armed with only a pitchfork.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 50-year-old Jeffrey Willard Wooten (pictured) is accused of herding Waffle House employees into the back of the restaurant with his pitchfork so he could steal cash.
The suspect was wearing coveralls and a ski mask during the heist.
As the Journal-Constitution reports, “When he realized he couldn’t get the cash register open, he took the whole cash register and exited the store . . with his pitchfork,” Norcross police Chief Warren Summers told Channel 2 Action News. “It wouldn’t be an offensive weapon in your garden, but it was in a Waffle House,” Summers said.
“Outside of the Waffle House, Wooten allegedly dropped his pitchfork, according to police. But he held on to the cash register,” the paper reports. “Two restaurant employees than grabbed the pitchfork and used it to smash the back window of Wooten’s truck, police said. Wooten may have been injured while attempting to leave the restaurant.
“A police officer responding to a 911 call attempted to stop Wooten’s truck, but Wooten didn’t stop and later abandoned his truck, according to police,” the paper further reports. “An arrest warrant has been issued for Wooten on an armed robbery charge.”
He is believed to live in the area, but was still not in custody as of Sunday afternoon.
No word on whether the man’s wardrobe and weapon of choice was inspired by Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” painting.