Authorities say a North Carolina teen who was thwarted as he tried to hold up a store with a banana ate the evidence before police could arrive.

Investigators told the Winston-Salem Journal that 17-year-old John Szwalla held the banana under his shirt when he entered 109 Biz Center early Thursday, saying he had a gun and demanding money.

Owner Bobby Ray Mabe says he and a customer jumped Szwalla,
holding him until police arrived. While they waited, Mabe says the
teen pulled the banana out and ate it.

Mabe says officers took pictures of the banana peel and joked with Szwalla about charging him with destroying evidence.

Szwalla faces one count of attempted armed robbery and remains in jail on a $70,000 bond. Jail officials say he doesn't have an

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  • by Anonymous Location: Pitt County on May 19, 2009 at 04:38 AM
    He should have taken the banana and "split"
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on May 18, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    Thanks to the Liberal moderator today, none of my comments were posted on this story, or the one or any other stories.
  • by C on May 18, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    Darn it, Dr. Quinn ! If it ain't Dave or William beating me to the bad puns, it's you ! Oh, well..
  • by Dave on May 18, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    What a bunch of MONKEY BUSINESS.
  • by rex Location: pflugerville on May 18, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    Sounds like North Carolina !! Duhhhh
  • by anon Location: wallace on May 18, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    maybe he must have got the banana from his monkey cage at the zoo before he escaped and try to rob the store
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2009 at 05:42 AM
  • by Lisa Location: Washington on May 18, 2009 at 03:34 AM
    All I have to say is.....PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!!
  • by C on May 17, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    Let's see, as I type this, no comments posted yet, so I'll try to beat William and Dave to it: If this kid gets convicted.... maybe he'll get out on a peel.
  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2009 at 07:03 PM
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