Last Month’s Scare at UMass Involved Veggies and a BB Gun

And a not-so-clever ruse.

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UMass Amherst photo by Ryan Scott on Flickr/Creative Commons

UMass Amherst photo by Ryan Scott on Flickr/Creative Commons

In a court proceeding on Tuesday, details about last month’s shelter-in-place order at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst came to light. Weird details.

The Associated Press reports two Framingham men went to the school on Feb. 18 to sell marijuana. There, Shawn Wyatt and William McKeown, neither of whom were enrolled at UMass, attempted to pass off shredded vegetables as pot.

The discerning purchaser of said “marijuana” didn’t fall for it. So, the two failed tricksters hit the buyer in the head with a BB gun, and then stole $120.

The incomplete sale was followed by a two-hour shelter-in-place order as UMass Police responded to reports of gunmen. The following day, McKeown turned himself in. Wyatt did the same on March 16.

Both men have been charged with assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and armed robbery. Wyatt was granted $15,000 bail on Tuesday, while McKeown was previously released on $7,500 bail.

No word on if the shredded vegetables happened to be caprese salad, the concoction that Michael Scott mistakenly used to frame Toby in an episode of The Office.

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