SIKESTON - Three juveniles were arrested in connection with the Jan. 7 armed robbery of Movie Time.
According to DPS Director Drew Juden, investigators made the arrests Tuesday after receiving information from several Sikeston residents. Two of the juveniles confessed to committing the robbery and the weapon allegedly used was recovered.
Two of the suspects are 16 years old and the third is 14. They are in detention by Scott County juvenile authorities pending court appearances.
The alleged weapon used in the robbery was a Daisy Powerline model 93 Co2 BB pistol. "This air pistol is very similar to a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun," Juden said. "The two-tone chrome and black design makes this BB gun nearly impossible to distinguish from a regular 9 mm handgun."
Juden said that even though this was an air pistol, it is still a deadly weapon and should be treated as such. The BB gun believed to have been used in the incident can shoot up to 235 yards and weighs just over one pound.
"There is just no way to tell the difference until you have possession of the weapon that it isn't a deadly weapon," he said.
Juden emphasized parents need to consider this when purchasing BB guns for their children and to supervise them when they are using the guns, especially if they are in public view where officers may be called to investigate. "If you were to ask the clerk involved in this robbery if the gun was real, she would definitely said that it was," he said.
Juden said additional arrests are expected in connection with this robbery.
"Over the last couple of years, Sikeston residents have made the city a better place to live," he noted. "Your standing up either by the way of direct reporting or anonymous tips have helped to clean up criminal activity. These efforts affect now, but more importantly, they continue to be a deterrent for future events."