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Lake Hallie police issue warning about "replica" guns

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Lake Hallie (WQOW) - According to Lake Hallie police, the issue of replica guns used while committing crimes is a problem faced by many law enforcement agencies across the country. 

Police said on January 25, 2018 a BB gun and a holster designed to accommodate a real gun were stolen from a retailer in Lake Hallie.

The 27-year-old male suspect who committed the theft is currently on probation for burglary and causing injury by negligent use of a weapon.

The retail theft occurred shortly before he forcefully entered two locked vehicles at two separate businesses, and committed a burglary to a business where he took cash and drove away in an all-terrain utility vehicle. Lake Hallie officers tracked the suspect who at first evaded capture.

He was arrested and the BB gun and holster were located in a backpack he had been carrying. The gun was never displayed during the arrest.

You may also remember students at a Chippewa Falls elementary school reported another student with a gun on Thursday. That gun turned out to be an airsoft pistol.

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