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Police seize boy in mafia fancy dress costume

The Local · 25 Mar 2011, 16:12

Published: 25 Mar 2011 16:12 GMT+01:00

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The young man was on his way to the station with three friends and was dressed in a white, gangster-style suit. Under the jacket, a silver pistol was clearly visible in his belt, the Bremen police said in a statement.

When the group of teens emerged from a drug store, they found themselves face to face with six federal police officers.

“The 18-year-old was immediately taken hold of and disarmed,” the police said in a statement. “The mutual tension was quickly resolved as it became clear that it was just a toy pistol. The young man was visibly frightened. An unlit cigar he was holding crumbled in his hand.”

The students had come from a mafia dress-up party at school.

The young man received a lecture about the danger of creating a panic by having a realistic-looking gun visible in public. However, the officers waived any administrative offences notice under the weapons laws.

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17:22 March 25, 2011 by Zlik
Toy guns are still avail. for young boys and girls. For that extra added feeling of security besides tons of dough.
19:06 March 25, 2011 by wxman
Look Henry, here's a wing!
09:13 March 26, 2011 by tallady
This was handled very well by the police. To bad about the cigar.
03:51 March 27, 2011 by frigitar
Hahaha.. Oh will he have a story to tell as he grows old....
11:53 March 27, 2011 by toemag
The Police fluffed it.... Lets just hope they don't over react to many more situations. It could have easily escalated into "Student in fancy dress shot outside drug store".
21:18 March 27, 2011 by shivnarc
in a country where you KNOW you are not supposed to have a gun and then to have one VERY visible...that is just plain stupid. the Polizei have to take every threat seriously, how many policemen in the STATES get killed from routine pullovers or investigations? at some point there WILL be a lifeguard in the gene pool but for now it is a free for all.
12:24 March 28, 2011 by moistvelvet
" The young man was visibly frightened. An unlit cigar he was holding crumbled in his hand."

Perhaps he was more worried about breaking laws on smoking in public places and quickly wanted to get rid of the evidence.

The police didn't over react, they were right to intervene and right not to take the matter further... wow, I've actually just praised the German Polizei for doing something, that feels unusual :-p
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