A South Carolina man was arrested after he allegedly robbed a convenience store using a toy gun that was made for the Nintendo game called Duck Hunt.
According to the York County Sheriff's Office, David Joseph Dalesandro was arrested after he allegedly used a spray-painted Nintendo peripheral to rob a Kwik Stop convenience store in Sharon, South Carolina. The plastic gun was originally intended for use with the the Nintendo game Duck Hunt, which was released in North America in October 1985.
The toy was spray-painted black but was originally a two-tone gray, with an orange trigger.
At approximately 5:45 p.m. on May 30, 2023, a person went into the store wearing a mask, wig, and a hoodie sweatshirt, according to witnesses. The person then brandished the fake pistol in the waistband of his pants, then demanded money from the store clerk's cash register. The suspect left the store with $300.
Deputies apprehended Dalesandro in the parking lot of a Dollar General down the road from the convenience store, on York Street in Sharon, South Carolina. Law enforcement reportedly found the video game gun in the suspect's pants.
The blue-haired individual was subsequently arrested and booked into the York County Detention Center.
In 2014, another South Carolina man was arrested for a similar crime involving a toy gun. A 20-year-old man allegedly robbed a Family Dollar store in Greenville, South Carolina, making off with approximately $500.
The man allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle but ditched his car to escape with the money on foot after a short pursuit. A deputy reportedly caught the man and arrested him for possession of a weapon during a violent crime and armed robbery.
The gun was thrown in the bushes by the suspect and later determined to be a toy when found.
According to Giffords Law Center, South Carolina prohibits any person from possessing an air gun at any park or facility. However, the state "has no other laws regulating non-powder guns" or toy guns.
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