A group of teens from Toledo, Ohio were held at gunpoint as their games consoles and cellphones were stolen, a police report reveals. A group of three men held the four children in the basement of their home while they went through the house looking for items to steal.
Toledo police say that on Tuesday evening, a group of four children were home alone as their mother had just left to go to the store. Two of the children (aged 12 and 14) were in the kitchen when they heard their younger siblings screaming. When one of the children went to see what the commotion was, they were confronted by a man holding a gun who instructed the children to get on the floor.
The men, who had broken into the home via the window, moved the four children into the basement as they began to go through the house. The police report states, "The couch was flipped over and the cushions seemed to be cut as if the suspects were looking for something specific." The report also states that following the robbery, several cell phones and video games consoles were found to be missing from the home. It is unclear where the police are in their investigation and if they are seeking information from the public for help in the case.
From the police report, it is difficult to say whether the armed robbers were targeting the house for the games consoles and phones, or if they had hoped to find another lucrative asset to steal (as suggested by the cushion-cutting). However, the case is just the latest in a series of trouble reports about thieves breaking into homes and stealing their games consoles. Just last week, police in South Carolina revealed that a gang of thieves had been stealing consoles and other home electronics from homes in the Columbia area.
In 2017, there was also a report about a Nintendo Switch being stolen from a hotel room while the owner, a young boy, was in surgery. Thankfully, no one was harmed in any of these cases and in some cases, police have been able to make some arrests. This doesn't eliminate the threat of theft, though, and those with expensive consoles will be wise to stay safe and be on the lookout for suspicious activity.