Students Try to Steal Giant Pepper From Chili's Rooftop
Four people were arrested on Sunday after attempting to steal a giant
chili pepper from atop a Chili's Grill and Bar in Vermont.
Triggered by an alarm, cops arrived at the Chili's in Bennington, Vt.,
around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday to find Asher Woodworth, 23, on the roof.
He had been removing the bolts that held the red and green chili
pepper in place with a hacksaw and a power drill.
Police found 470 feet of extension cord running from a nearby Home
Depot, across a highway and up to the roof to power the electric
drill. Apparently, the heist's mastermind failed to realize they make
"They really did some damage," Bennington police Sgt. Camillo Grande
said. "The bracket that held the pepper in place will need to be
replaced." Chili's estimated the cost of the pepper at $8,000, or
roughly one dollar for every calorie in a Jalapeño Smokehouse Bacon
Big Mouth Burger®.
Woodworth and three accomplices were charged with attempted grand
larceny. It was the most exciting thing to happen at the bland
Southwestern-inspired restaurant chain since the invention of the
Awesome Blossom in 1996.