Kids try to rob Tel Aviv bank with toy guns
The youngsters apparently lost nerve after threatening the bank clerks and fled the bank without any cash
Watching too many Hollywood action movies? Two teenage boys, aged 12 and 13, reportedly were arrested after attempting to rob a bank in Israel using fake M-16 rifles, according to media reports.
Security camera footage has circulated on the Internet showing the two youngsters, wearing hooded sweatshirts, as they entered a bank in a Tel Aviv suburb. One of the boys carried a schoolbag on his back and held what appeared to be a gun in his hand.
The youngsters apparently lost their nerve after threatening the bank clerks and fled the bank without any cash.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said both were carrying fake guns and shouted “this is a hold-up.”
“They were toy guns but they looked real. The people in the bank were scared, but then the suspects ran out without taking any money,” Sky News reported him saying.
The two were arrested after they were identified through surveillance footage and reportedly spent a night at the police station.
The youngsters’ right had been violated, lawyer Gil Gaby told Sky News.
"We are talking about children aged 12 and 13 who were arrested last night,” he said. "They were investigated during the night against legal instructions. They slept on a chair in the police station.
"I think they should have been treated differently. I don't think they should have been treated like criminals," he added.