Two teenagers from Holland have been convicted of stealing virtual items in the children's MMO, RuneScape.

Yes, its seems gone are the days where bullies would steal your lunch money - the 14 and 15-year-old culprits instead pressured a 13-year-old boy into transferring a "virtual amulet and a virtual mask" to their RuneScape accounts.

Papers from the area are reporting the teenagers beat up and kicked their victim, as well as threatened him with a knife.

The pair were convicted to 360 hours of community service between them, with the court saying in its ruling: "These virtual goods are goods (under Dutch law), so this is theft."

This is the first time that a case of virtual theft has gone to final ruling in Holland, because - as you may imagine - police very often refuse to take them seriously.