According to CBS affiliate WPRI, the first report of the "potato perp" came in around 2 p.m. Monday when police went to a convenience store where the manager said he chased the suspect away with a baseball bat, after he shouted "give me the money" to the cashier.
The suspect was described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male and was about 5'7" tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Minutes later, WPRI reported, police responded to a dry-cleaners where a female clerk said a man fitting the same description and carrying a potato yelled "I need the money."
Perhaps realizing the suspect's "gun" was actually a tuber, and not a weapon, the clerk handed him a counterfeit $20 bill from a decoy cash register, and the man walked away.
There are no arrests to report in the potato mashup.