"They appear to have crossed the line from virtual reality to reality," said Police Chief Lou Pachec of the two teens who allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in Raynham, Massachusetts over the weekend.
It's been so long since we've had a good case of teen vandalism blamed on Grand Theft Auto that my normal outrage over such a story has been replaced with a wistful nostalgia for days gone by.
Two teens, one 16 and one 12, claim to have been playing Grand Theft Auto on Saturday night when the idea of creating Molotov cocktails out of root beer and beer bottles, placing them outside of the garages of an apartment complex at 639 King Philip Street in the early morning hours.
Yes, that's right. Placing them. Police received a call from a concerned citizen who claimed to see two Molotov cocktails burning outside of the garages. When the police arrived on the scene a third cocktail was found, lying on the ground with its wick burning.
See, Molotov cocktails are meant to be thrown, spreading the flammable liquid - in this case gasoline in a can stolen off a landscaping truck - all over the place. Lighting them and just setting them down just nets you really dangerous tiki torches.
The two boys were apprehended and admitted to creating the Molotov's, with the younger of the two telling police they had gotten the idea from Grand Theft Auto.
During their crime spree the kids also sprayed graffiti about the neighbourhood.
The duo were arraigned in juvenile court today, and face charges of possession of an explosive device and attempted arson.
And once again, just because it feels good:
"They appear to have crossed the line from virtual reality to reality," Police Chief Lou Pacheco said.
Police: Raynham youths try to set fire to garage, apartment [Enterprise News via G4]