SPOKANE, Wash.-- Local law enforcement authorities said they were swamped with calls of criminals using fake guns to commit crimes in July.
It was a tense night on Monday at the Salvation Army when a man packing what appeared to be a gun and wearing a bandana approached two women. Officers arrested the suspect, recovered the gun and realized it was a pellet gun.
“He had his face covered...he made the sound of racking a gun. It's easy to conclude, at least from those victims point of view, they truly believed they were going to be robbed or hurt,” said Spokane police officer Teresa Fuller.
“Anything like that is a very serious matter for us. We were so grateful the police responded quickly,” said Steve Ball with the Salvation Army.
Police said they were seeing a huge spike in the use of fake guns.
“It's easier for the criminals to get their hands on these. There's no background check,” said Fuller.
Salvation Army employees spent Tuesday reviewing their safety plan. They planned on working closely with the Spokane Police Department.