The British tabloid newspaper Daily Mail has made a thinly supported correlation between a bank robbery in Liverpool, England committed by a 15-year-old boy and the release of Grand Theft Auto 5, according to a report today from MCV-UK.
Despite the tabloid connecting the robbery and the Rockstar Games juggernaut GTA 5 –– reporting the crime took place during same week as the game's release and using the phrase “Grand Theft Auto-style robbery” in its headline –– the judge in the case refuted the correlation.
“Judge Clement Goldstone said ‘it was not that sort of case at all’ as the boy's family would not allow him to watch ‘inappropriate’ television programs, films or video games,” writes Daily Mail reporters Rob Cooper and Lucy Crossley.
The 15-year-old boy, according to the report, made away with 2,000 pounds –– or roughly $3,235 –– from a Barclays Bank in Liverpool after he, dressed in all black and a fur-lined hooded coat, brandished a fake firearm.
The boy’s mother later found the cash, stained with dye from the bank to indicate the money had been stolen, along with the firearm in his bedroom and contacted police.