Police: 2 Mich. kids used toy gun to steal snacks

December 9, 2011 - 6:30 PM

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Police say two Detroit-area youngsters used a toy gun to rob five of their schoolmates of candy and chips.

Police on Friday were seeking the suspects, ages 10 and 8. The five victims were walking home earlier this week from Lincoln Elementary in Warren, north of Detroit, when one of the boys pulled the plastic gun on them, The Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens reported (http://bit.ly/sp39jD ).

"I can honestly say I cannot ever remember anything like this happening with such young suspects," Warren Detective Lt. Dan Beck said. "At least one of the victims told our officers he believed the gun was real."

Police later determined the gun was a toy because the tip was described as orange. But Beck said the two young suspects could be charged with armed robbery because one of the children thought the gun was real. Beck said the victims, who range in age from 7 to 11, know who robbed them.

"The one suspect pulled out the gun and the victims thought the gun may be a toy but they were scared and didn't want to take any chances," Beck said. "The suspect pointed the gun to the head of one of the victims and said 'Where's the money?'"

The bandits took candy and potato chips from the victims' backpacks, police say. No one was hurt.

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Information from: The Macomb Daily, http://www.macombdaily.com