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Game over for suspect charged with robbing store using Nintendo game controller

A South Carolina man is facing charges after deputies said he robbed a convenience store with a Nintendo Duck Hunt controller he spray-painted to look real.

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — A South Carolina man was arrested after he robbed a York County convenience store with a Nintendo Duck Hunt video game controller, deputies said. 

According to the York County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the Sharon Kwik Mart on York Street for a reported robbery a little before 6 p.m. Monday. When deputies arrived at the store, witnesses said the suspect entered the store wearing a mask, wig and hoodie before approaching the clerk. The suspect allegedly showed the clerk the fake gun in the waistband of his pants and demanded money from the register. 

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Deputies say the suspect, identified as 25-year-old David Joseph Dalesandro, got approximately $300 from the clerk before he ran away from the store.

Deputies found Dalesandro in the parking lot of a Dollar General down the street from the convenience store. Investigators allege the Duck Hunt controller was spray-painted black to look more like a real weapon. He was arrested and taken to the York County jail. 

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