Hungry Duo Steals Snacks in Moscow Armed Robbery

MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti) – Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly stealing snacks and sodas from a Moscow café at gunpoint, police said Friday.

The accused robbers took five fried meat pastries, known as chebureks, four bottles of cola and 160 rubles ($4.50) after threatening staff with air guns at the café in southeast Moscow.

The boys, aged 16 and 17, were caught by police after a two-hour chase and now face up to a decade in jail if convicted of armed robbery.

In comments on the incident, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin, said air guns and rubber-bullet guns, known as traumatic, should be redesigned by color to prevent them being mistaken for service weapons.

“Otherwise, a police or army officer could respond to the pointed air gun or traumatic gun by using his service weapon,” said Rogozin, who is in charge of the defense industry, in a statement on Facebook.

Rogozin also called for a ban on so-called traumatic guns across the country, amid a rise in fatal cases involving these weapons.

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