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Buying online in Regina turns into aerosol theft

Police arrived to find the two fighters – the man selling the game equipment and “the buyer” – both suffering from the effects of bear spray.

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Regina police have charged a 14-year-old boy with theft after an alleged bear bombing following an agreed online sale of some video game equipment.

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“The case went awry when ‘the buyer’ allegedly assaulted the seller,” Regina police said in a news release this week.

Officers were dispatched around 11:45 a.m. Monday to the 2700 block of East Howell Drive for an ongoing assault, police say.

The caller indicated that there were two men in a physical fight in front of his house. Police arrived and found the two fighters – an adult and a youth, both suffering from the effects of pepper spray. After investigation, the police learned that the man was selling a game console and controller online; this seller was contacted by a potential buyer and the two agreed to meet.

But once at the scene, it is alleged the youngster pulled bear spray from his pocket and attempted to spray the victim. The two struggled, but the man managed to ring the doorbell of a nearby house, asking residents to call the police. Police returned the game console to the victim and the youth was arrested and charged with robbery, concealed possession of a weapon and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon.

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