A few weekends ago, a German tourist was robbed at (plastic) gunpoint near Mount Tauhara, believing the toy gun was real. Police arrested two men responsible.

From Stuff

Plastic gun robber nabbed by police

A German student about to enjoy a walk up Taupo’s Mount Tauhara had his trip cut short after he was robbed at gun point by two men on Sunday afternoon.

“It was fake but the tourist mistook it for real,” Detective Senior Sergeant Matt Cranshaw said.

“Using plastic guns is a very dangerous thing to do as it puts victims at risk but also the perpetrator as police may end up taking action thinking it is real.”

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