It’s all fun and games until you’re arrested for robbery?
That’s the lesson that six local teens between the ages of 13 and 15 are learning the hard way, following a series of events that started on the school grounds of Rutland Middle School, Oct. 4 at 8:08 pm.
“A group of youth were hanging out in the area when they were approached by five masked individuals, armed with bats and pistols,” said Const. Kris Clark.
“The masked group allegedly demanded to see what the others had on them before fleeing with a couple small items of little value.”
No one was hurt in the incident and the pistols were later discovered to be airsoft guns. Two suspects were arrested a short time later on Fizet Avenue while three others turned themselves in to police the following day.
Clark said that despite the insignificant value and lack of injury in this case, a robbery is a very serious offence and has a devastating impact on the victims.
The accused appeared in court Monday.
Airsoft Club members express disgust
The club membership and administrators of Airsoft Kelowna would like to express our disappointment and concern over the recent robbery incident in Rutland involving an airsoft replica.
“We firmly believe that airsoft gear and activities should be restricted to 18+ adult age players, and we are very concerned the public understands that these minors were not members of our club and are not representative of our player base,” read a statement from Anthony Forster.
“We also believe parents who allow their underage children to purchase realistic replicas without proper safety precautions like eye protection, safe play areas away from the public, and strict adult supervision are not acting responsibly. “
Members of the Kelowna Airsoft club continually work to improve their image in the community. They recently came together for a large clean up day in September on the crown land where we play, in association with the Ministry of Forests. Our members removed a great deal of junk, including car parts and other refuse. We look forward to further cooperation with the Ministry and Recreation and Trails BC.