Teen Steals Nintendo DS to Impress Girl

By Maria Eugenia Miranda
|  Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010  |  Updated 6:31 PM EDT
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Teen Steals Nintendo DS to Impress Girl

The 17-year-old now faces felony charges for attempting to steal a Nintendo DS.

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Anthony Etienne didn't have the money to impress his girlfriend so he, allegedly, did what he thought was his only option -- snatch a Nintendo DS from a innocent girl walking through New Dorp in Staten Island, police said.

The 17-year-old from  West Brighton now faces felony charges because of the incident, SILive.com reported.

"I did not have no money to impress her, so if I thought that if I take this lil girl’s DS, I can make some money," Etienne reportedly told police in a statement. "I tapped her shoulder. I said, ‘Give it.’ She said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘It mine,’ (sic) and forst (sic) it from her. I felt bad as she chased me but it was done. I said to myself, ‘Never agen (sic).’ "

The incident occurred in New Dorp Plaza at around 5:37 p.m. Monday, police said. But when Etienne saw police approach him, he dropped the game system.

He now faces third-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny and petit larceny charges, according to District Attorney Daniel Donovan's office.

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