Microsoft claimed another child's innocence this week, this one an 11-year-old boy who along with his 15-year-old brother has been charged with robbing a gas station.
And why would they do such a thing? For the money to buy an Xbox of course.
In charging papers filed Thursday, King County prosecutors allege that the boys, along with their two accomplices, had spent weeks planning robbery, the proceeds of which they planned on pooling towards the purchase of a Microsoft Xbox.
According to court documents, the brothers rolled into a Bellevue gas station just after midnight on Sunday as their two accomplices stood lookout outside. The four boys had staked out another convenience store earlier in the evening, but found the clerk too "huge." The clerk at the second targeted station, a "short, scrawny guy," was apparently juuuusssst right.
While the younger brother distracted the clerk, the 15-year-old walked up behind, grabbed him by the neck, then pressed an air pistol to his shoulder. All told, they made off with around $200 from the register before fleeing the store.
A Bellevue cop stopped all four boys on South Main Street a half hour after the robbery. He called one of their parents, who arrived to take them home. Some time later, the officer viewed the surveillance footage from the gas station and recognized the two baby-faced robbers as the boys he had questioned earlier in the evening.
All four are now charged with first degree robbery. But as a spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's Office tells the Seattle Times, prosecutors will have to prove in a "capacity hearing" that the youngest member of the foursome understands the crime he's being charged with before he can be tried.