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Schoolboy Admits Robbing Bank With Fake Gun
A schoolboy described as a "model pupil" has admitted robbing a bank in Liverpool with an imitation firearm.
The 15-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, acted like he was in a "real-life video game" when he carried out the raid and was motivated by "greed", Liverpool Youth Court was told.
The boy held up a branch of Barclays bank in Breck Road, Liverpool, on Friday and made off with more than £2,000.
But he was turned over to the police by his mother, who was shocked to find a stash of cash - stained with anti-theft dye - and a fake firearm in his bedroom.
The boy's mother wept in court as her son was brought into the dock and entered his guilty plea.
Sending the case to Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing, District Judge Ian Lomax said: "This is a very serious matter.
"It's an armed robbery but not in the conventional sense most people would recognise.
"It's a bizarre, surreal case of a young man almost acting like a real-life action video game."
The court heard that the boy was a "model pupil" at school and was not known for misbehaving.
After his arrest he told police he carried out the robbery because he was envious of other people's material possessions, the court heard.
Mr Lomax said his crime was "motivated by greed and immaturity" and suggested he may have been influenced by a video game "you have been watching or playing".
He will be sentenced on October 15.