Police: Boys' BB gun robbery no mere game

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OAKLAND, Calif., April 17 (UPI) -- Police in Oakland, Calif., say two boys, ages 8 and 10, armed with a BB gun demanded money and candy during a convenience store robbery.

Oakland police spokesman Officer Jeff Thomason said the two boys, whose identities were not reported, showed the store's clerk their firearm during Thursday's robbery while demanding money, gum and Push Pops, The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune said Friday.


Thomason said while the gun used by the boys in Thursday's robbery was a basic BB gun that did not mean it was not a risk to others.

"A BB gun isn't just a plastic toy gun," Thomason said. "You can hurt someone with that."

Thomason told the Tribune the boys were caught and handed over to their parents, but will may face armed robbery charges in juvenile court.

"It's very sad that kids so young would be trying to do something like this," he said.

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