Cops: Someone Tried to Rob a Burger King With a Sock

As we've documented here before, crimes in the Florida Keys are often strange, usually involving drugs, missing clothes, or some strange combination of both.

Yesterday, someone tried to rob a Burger King with a sock. Specifically, by stuffing his hand in the sock and trying to tell people it was a gun, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's office.

Employees at the Stock Island fast-food joint told police last night that a guy came in around 8:30 p.m. wearing shorts, no shirt -- unless that was the piece of cloth wrapped around his head -- a brown sock on his left hand, and a plastic bag on the other.

Instead of going up to the register and doing a sock-puppet show for the employees, he tried to explain his sock-covered hand was a gun and gave the store manager the bag, demanding he throw all the cash in there.

The manager said sure and told sock-man he had to go get the key.

Instead, sock-man ran away, stumbling and knocking over a display in the restaurant on his way out the door.

According to video surveillance and witnesses, the guy is between 35 and 45 years old, between five-foot-eight and six feet tall, with a stocky build and blue eyes. According to common sense, he's the kind of guy who would try to rob a Burger King with a sock on his hand.

The sheriff's office says they checked in the area of the BK for sock-man, but to no avail. They'll continue to investigate the incident.

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