Crime is a constant feature of video games writing. Somewhere, someone is doing something illicit with them — sometimes comically stupid, sometimes tragic. Kotaku's Police Blotter is here to round up the latest in games crime. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Rob One for the Gipper
PALM DESERT, Calif. — A clown and Ronald Reagan robbed a GameStop here on Saturday — or, that is, two guys wearing clown and Ronald Reagan masks robbed the GameStop. Police say the two suspects, currently at large, stormed into the store and brandished a silver-coloured handgun with a black grip before making off with a PS Vita, three PSPs and "an undisclosed amount of money." The suspects fled in an older model white Honda Civic. Both suspects are 5-foot-7 and about 200 pounds, cops said. The real Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004, was 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. [Palm Desert Patch]
Foul Play at the Fair
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Somehow someone managed to steal 217 "PlayStation 3 and Xbox" (console type unspecified, of course) video games from a stand at the Dauphin County, Pa. fairgrounds last week, and remain completely undetected in so doing. The games were all new and still shrinkwrapped. The loss was valued at $US5,000, or an average of $US23 per game, so maybe some of them were original Xbox. Who knows. [The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.]
A Steal at Twice the Price
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Five months after her "Xbox console" (actual model, of course, unspecified by the writer) was stolen, 33-year-old mum of two Erin Ashley bought a replacement from a local pawnshop. Guess whose old console it was. Ashley said her sons discovered their old profiles and gamesaves within moments of plugging in the system, purchased for $US139. The Xbox was stolen, along with a Wii "various games," some guns and, curiously, bedding during an April break-in. Ashley has to get a cop to accompany her to the pawn shop and tell the store the property is hers before it will issue a refund for her purchase, but the store seems cooperative nonetheless. It said a Wii for sale in their store probably is hers, as it was pawned by the same person who pawned her Xbox. [Charleston, S.C. Daily Mail]
Which One of These Things is Not Like The Other?
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Someone broke into a home here a couple weeks back and stole a PlayStation 3, a bunch of video games, a flat-screen TV, five rings, and "assorted hygeine products." All items except for the rings were recovered. [Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser]
Lots of strange things happen in the pages of your local newspaper or on the 6 o'clock news. If you see something, say something. To me, that is. I'd like to write it up. Remember: You need not reveal your identity.