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Big Bird Robs Kroger Store

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's not often that a supermarket robbery garners national press attention, but it's not every day that a supermarket is robbed by a giant chicken.

Late last week a man wearing a chicken suit robbed a Kroger grocery store on Columbus' West Side. Police said a white man wearing a mask and bright yellow chicken suit with orange chicken feet entered the Kroger on West Broad Street at about 11:30 p.m. Friday. The robber showed employees a gun and demanded cash from the store's safe, according to police.

A store surveillance camera captured the robbery on tape, and the footage appeared on newscasts around the country.

"It's pretty extraordinary," Columbus police Sgt. Shaun Laird said. "We've never had something like this. We've had guys wear fake mustaches now and again, but nothing like this."

The robber was not caught, even after he left the store in costume. "The person either has access to some type of chicken costume or owns a chicken suit," Laird said. "So, if you know of someone, please call the robbery squad."The robber faces several charges, including robbery, aggravated menacing and intimidation.

Police said they couldn't make a connection between the Kroger robbery and one in Delaware, Ohio in December, when a man wearing a Santa costume robbed a Wendy's fast-food restaurant. The Santa robber also may have hit a Columbus-area grocery store.
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