Teen faces charges after playing with stolen BB gun in front of employees a Belden Village convenience store.
A 13-year-old boy who walked into a convenience store Tuesday morning with what appeared to be an automatic pistol now faces juvenile robbery and other charges.
As it turned out, the pistol was an air soft BB gun stolen from the Wal-Mart in The Strip shopping district.
After stealing the gun, the teenager walked to the Marathon store at 4516 Everhard Road NW, poice said.
While inside, he played with the gun in front of employees and customers. Major Ty Bissler said the teen twirled the realistic-looking gun and also removed and replaced the BB container as employees watched.
“It’s amazing how much it looked like a Sig Sauer,” Bissler said of the BB gun. Sig Sauer makes a variety of automatic handguns.
One of the employees sent a text message about the boy to her husband, and he called police, Bissler said.
Police said the boy took some merchandise from the convenience store and didn’t pay for it. When officers arrived, he left through a back door and began walking toward the nearby Holiday Inn hotel.
Officers tracked the boy down and ordered him to stop and raise his hands. The boy complied, but at one point started to lower his hands toward his waist, Bissler said. The officer again order to boy to place his hands in the air and he followed the order. The BB gun was found in the boy’s pants pocket.
“I’m just glad he complied with the officer’s instructions,” Bissler said.
The teen, who is from Massillon, is being held in the Multi-County Juvenile Attention Center on juvenile charges of theft tied to stolen BB gun and aggravated robbery and aggravated menacing for the incidents in the convenience store.