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Camping PlayStation gamers robbed at gunpoint

Summary: Robbers targeted three men who had been waiting in line overnight for the release of a new game system at a Springfield electronics store. Now police are looking for two suspects.
Date: Friday, November 17, 2006

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Springfield (KMTR) - Robbers targeted three men who had been waiting in line overnight for the release of a new game system at a Springfield electronics store. Now police are looking for two suspects.

It happened at Springfield’s Gateway Mall area in near the Circuit City store at about 3:00 a.m. Thursday.

The victims were camping outside in line with several other people, waiting to get their hands on Sony’s new PlayStation 3, set to be released Friday morning.

Police say the victims had left the line and were walking by a nearby Target store when two men wearing some sort of masks confronted them and they follow their instructions.

The victims said one of the suspects had a small semi-automatic pistol.

David Dardano, one of the victims, said, “One cocked a gun and said, ‘Don't move! Don't reach for anything.’ And after that he led us to this back entrance to Target and they separated us, me and Taylor, here. One guy had a blunt object, took our stuff. Alex, over there, got taken at gunpoint and they took his wallet and then ran off.”

Police were able to follow the path of the robbers with the help of Gateway Mall’s surveillance video cameras. Officers recovered some of the stolen items, including a wallet.




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