Police: Tree Branch-Wielding Man Robbed 7-Eleven Store In Central Islip

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It may not have been a weapon of choice but rather one of convenience.

Suffolk County police say a Ronkonkoma man was arrested after trying to rob a 7-Eleven store in Central Islip Thursday night using a large tree branch.

Michael Zimmerman, 31, is accused of walking into the store around 11:30 p.m. and demanding money from the clerk.

After being denied, police said Zimmerman struck the clerk several times with the branch.

Police said Zimmerman took off on his motorcycle which was parked in the lot after the clerk fought him off but didn’t get very far.

An off-duty Nassau County police officer blocked the motorcycle after he saw Zimmerman being chased by the clerk and a small group of customers

The officer held Zimmerman until Suffolk County police arrived.

Zimmerman has been charged with robbery in the first degree.

If convicted, what is the appropriate punishment in this case? Sound off below…

  • Jim Murphy

    I hope the clerk is promoted to branch manager.

  • Ssofie Mesh

    Poor misunderstood guy. Why not build him a tree house?

  • Kevin Stefko

    i’m sure the clerk was stumped

  • Consultofactus

    When branches are outlawed only outlaws will have branches..

  • Bob


  • NowListenUp

    At least America still has a well rooted sense of humor!!

  • Bob


    VERY GOOD! Best comment so far!

    • NowListenUp

      I think all of the comments are great….laughing my arse off..but thanks.

  • NowListenUp

    Dumb idea….but not as dumb as the “executive branch” that runs this country.

  • Bob

    Doesn’t anyone have the common decency to rob a store with a gun anymore????

  • BT

    The economy’s so bad criminals can’t afford guns.

  • Bo

    Hah, make him eat the food at the 7-11, the months old hot dogs, or better yet make him split wood for the ground beef.

  • Brian

    Make him pick a switch and give him a good, old fashioned whuppin’!

  • Stu

    Caneing would be appropriate

  • Richard Lynn Moore

    Whats next? Someone threatening you with a dirty diaper?

  • Durty




  • Sistmich

    Hope they run rings around him.

  • Americuss

    It’s a Bush’s fault!!!!

  • SteveJ

    Someone told him to spruce up for the robbery.

  • Jah N. Appleseed

    He beat that clerk to a pulp, mon!

  • lionfour

    OMG the horror. We need a law to ban the possesion of tree branches!

  • kimber

    He should be flogged with the tree branch

  • charlie

    he looks like a methed-out christian bale.

    no pun, sorry :(

    • moe's gallon-o-gin contest

      You should make like a tree and get the hell outta here.

  • washdc

    We N\need to enforce proper branch control laws, immediately.

  • Ben Dover

    You pun-meisters . . . y’all are killin’ me!

    • Brian

      Yeah…these comments are very entertaining. Gotta love peoples’ sense of humor. These replies people are leaving are just fun.

    • Durty

      too funny! I got in trouble for laughing out loud @ work~!!!

      luv it~!!

  • Tony Tiger

    The punishment should be the same as if he used a gun. Armed robbery is armed robbery. A secondary charge should be added….”Public Stupidity.”

  • Blasterific

    Guess he is going up the river without an oak paddle.

  • Mike Jones

    He was just branching out and learning the robbery trade.

  • SteveJ

    Why would someone use part of a tree to commit a crime? I’m stumped.

  • SteveJ

    He wasn’t poplar enough in school.

  • This is tree, son!

    Does this genius work for ACORN?

  • Bob

    The guy sounds like a quite the sappling!

  • Bfife

    It was first detree robbery.

  • lcs

    I guess he was going out on a limb.

    • Paco

      No…it’s a stick up.

  • cheesehead

    His bark was worse than his bike!

  • Dale

    OMG!! They should stick it to him!

  • Mark

    Ban all Hardwood trees…

  • kes stress

    Looks like a shady character to me.

  • Richard

    If convicted, what is the appropriate punishment in this case? Have his limbs cut off!

  • Ken Tyler

    He was asked to leaf the store.

  • joe

    If only there where tougher tree branch possession laws. I wanna know where he bought that tree branch and why didn’t they do a proper background check.

    • Ken Tyler

      Better ban all trees!! That would be the Liberal answer.

  • cc

    what kind of tree?

  • Longe

    A severe caning sounds in order.

  • HannMo

    What an idiot, he should have been robbing a BRANCH BANK!

  • Igloo Boo

    He was just trying to do his branch banking … getting back to his roots.

  • John Cowan

    Meth is a hell of a drug.

  • Bob

    Neuter him for starters.

  • Joe Blow

    Leave him alone? You’ve got to be barking up the wrong tree. Stem this story and branch out to other topics and blossom out to a new day, Oak-kay?

    • heartpursuer

      Almost there. How about “leaf him alone”? And really, what kind of a sap commits this sort of crime? Okay, I’ll bud out now.

  • bday55

    you know times are bad when you gotta rob someone with a tree branch.

    • Flowbee Jim

      Death by hanging.

    • EvilBuddyP

      Nuts! We need to get to the root of this tree crime problem and nip it in the bud. NIP IT, before this blight branhes out into the non criIminal orchard

    • mateo

      this is a “stick” up lolol

  • Rob

    what a jack ass, beat him with the branch he rode in on

  • thor's hammer

    somewhere a village isn’t missing its idiot.

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