18 September 2006

Guns stolen from Adventure Paintball

| Kerces
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The Australian reports on police warnings about the theft of five paintball guns from Adventure Paintball.

Police are concerned because when used incorrectly the guns could cause serious eye injuries or soft tissue damage.

The guns were taken from a locked shipping container sometime on Friday night, although an AP spokesperson said they could not be used for long because there was little ammunition and gas in them.

Police were also worried the guns may be mistaken for real firearms, although the paintball spokesperson thought this was unlikely (though personally I haven’t seen a real gun but I find those paintball markers damned scary when pointed at you).

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The location and type of crime don’t rule out 13 yo kids. The methods used to break in and the obvious patience shown whilst doing it do.

sorry, where is Adventure Pantball? I take it it isn’t the one out between the airport and Queanbeyan.

I suppose it’s also part of my world view. I’ve locked up a number of criminals aged 13 but but for some reason I don’t see them as “kids”. “Kids” do stupid things (like stealing occasionaly) but crimianls don’t care/comprehend that there actions are anti-social. I have a hard time alocating human characteristics (like everything I think of when I think of “kids”) to people whose only qualification as human is their physical description. My bad.

James-T-Kirk9:45 am 19 Sep 06

Nik – “vehicle only accessable forests.”

There are sh** loads of houses about 50m from the location. All with a high kid (13 – 25) ratio. All it takes is for one of them to borrow Dad’s universal key (Hacksaw, Bolt cutters), and there gone.

The fact that only a couple of guns were stolen suggests that it was kids without transport. An adult would have had transport themselves, and would have emptied the container.

a lot of people have never seen a real gun. People would find these scary out in public I think.

IN YOUR FACE you theiving goons!

Update from the horses mouth:
The markers were partially disassembled or parts only in a ‘spare parts’ bin. We had been ‘cannibalising’ broken markers to repair others. They may be able to make one or two functional if they stripped all the markers and used the bits to rebuild them. If they were 13yo they were organised, they got into a locked container, with a ‘lock box’ on it, using a combination of drills, hacksaws and bolt cutters. They must have been at it for hours. The reason they only took the marker bits they did get was because all the functional markers are ALWAYS secured offsite.



Reasons why parents are downright NEGLIGENT if they don’t let their kids play with war toys.

Dunno NTP they get a lot of trouble with vandals on site.

The number suggests to me the kids want to play a game of their own.

And sure a marker lets you know when it hits, but it’s not so unpleasant that people don’t pay hundreds of dollars to get tagged by them all day long.

13 yr old kids rarely break into locked shipping containers located out in vehicle only accessable forests.

My guess is that they will be sold, probally in sydney, but I’m surprized only 5 were stolen.

Nevertheless, so long as it is gassed up it could cause some major damage to someone if fired with ill intent.

More likely however is that some 13 year old kid is going to paintball his cranky next door neighbour and then ditch the gun in his wheelie bin when he realises he can’t re-gas it.

I think we can all agree that between the gas bottle and the paint hopper there’s not much resemblance to a real gun.

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