Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox 360

December 16, 2008 -

We love it when the good guys win.

A clever student at Missouri State University used the Xbox 360 controller's wireless capabilities to track down his stolen console, reports school newspaper the Standard.

It seems that someone swiped Ryan Ketsenburg's 360 from his dorm room after the sophomore forgot to lock his door. He managed to recover his system, however, with a tidy piece of detective work:

Ketsenburg... turned on his wireless Xbox controller and found that it was still connecting to his Xbox. Based on this discovery, Ketsenburg said he realized that his Xbox must be nearby...

The controller connected to the Xbox on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of Hutchens but not on the third floor and seventh floor, so through process of elimination, Ketsenburg said he figured out that the stolen Xbox must be on the fifth floor.

Following the controller's signal, Ketsenburg said he was able to pinpoint the room where his Xbox was stolen... The 5th floor resident assistant checked the alleged room where the stolen Xbox was and was able to find the Xbox, Ketsenburg said.

The controller was able to prove that the Xbox belonged to Ketsenburg, because the controller was able to turn on the console unit, he said.


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There was no way for him to even know there was a second or third controller somewhere in the dormroom. accelerated bsn - loan forgiveness for teachers - loan deferment - student loan deferment

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

I have two controllers for my 360 but I put one of them away in my closet until company comes over. This guy probably does the same or something similar. The theif was probably in a rush to get in and out so grabbed the xbox and the nearby controller. There was no way for him to even know there was a second or third controller somewhere in the dormroom. I guess the lesson to be learned here is to not steal xboxes from people who live within a few dozen feet of you. Or not to steal xboxes at all.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

I love "geeks gets one over on thief" stories. My favorite is still the girl who used remote desktop to take a picture of her laptop thief with her webcam.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Why I never leave a webcam plugged in. And if I can't unplug it, electric tape time.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Handy bit of detective work, this.

Criminal charges sound likely, vandalism for the destruction of the data on the HD and theft for the theft of the unit. The guy who did it is likely going to be expelled from the school as well, as he's been caught dead to rights. Authorities KNOW it was the stolen unit, and it was in his dorm room.

Unless he's got some very rich parents, he's going to have a nice little record which makes employment and enrollment in school much more interesting.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

That was brilliant.  Absolutely brilliant.  And what wonderful deduction!  Sherlock Holmes would be proud, if he were real.  I really do mean all of that.

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Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

How did he find it exactly. I'm still somewhat confused.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Wireless controllers sync with the last x-box 360 they were connected to. Unless you sync a controller up with another Xbox, it will always try to connect to the last machine it was connected to. Turning on the controller will turn on the console. The controller has 4 lights around the xbox button in the middle. If you are player 1, you'll see the top left quadrant lit up. Each player has a different quadrant.

But the wireless has a limited broadcast range, just like a wifi hotspot or any other wireless device. If you take your controller too far away from the machine, it will lose its connection. I'm not sure if the controller turns off at this point or if the LED rings all blink in a sequence to represent a lost signal. Either way, you can tell when your controller is out of range.

By walking around and making notes on where the controller loses sync, you can make a rough guess as to where the xbox is. By going up and down floors he worked out which floor the xbox was most likely to be, and by walking around that floor he worked out which room it was most likely to be in.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

By seeing on what floors the controller would work.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Thats pretty creative.  Glad to see someone with brains in a college.

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Unless he's got some very rich parents, he's going to have a nice little record which makes employment and enrollment in school much more interesting. nys regents | regents exam | math b regents | tanning lotion

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

 What kind of idiot takes the console and not the controller?

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Maybe his own XBox red-ringed on him and he already had all the controllers he needed?

Or perhaps more likely, only one controller was lying around. That's often the case at my place, since I rarely have gaming visitors.

But yeah: stupid. But then, intelligence never was a requirement for being a thieving scumbag.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Maybe he only took one of them or something?

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

the kind that gets caught?

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Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Is it just me, or was this posted before, a few weeks back?

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

A similar one was posted, yes, but that one was tracked down using the IP address.


Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Nah, its just becoming a common theft in campuses apparently, something similar happened but he didn't track it down with the controller.

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Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Quite creative.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

I've never been so interested in the latter half of a story.  What happened to the thief?!?

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Yeah, hopefully something interesting.  Required to clean the halls and bathrooms of the dorm.

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Blindfolded.

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At the moment, no idea, at the least suspended I would have thought, but Ketsenburg is going to prosecute, the hard drive was wiped so he's lucky he's not getting death!

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

wow man, wiped his info thinking that would make it untrackable ehh?  well new lesson to xbox thieves in dorms, steal ALL the controllers. Lesson to xbox users in dorms, always keep one of the sync'd controllers hidden somewhere safe so you can walk around with it later searching for your xbox :P

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Ugh! The thief wiped his hard drive?! Hangin's too good for 'im!

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

 Violent sodomy? does it matter?

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Violent sodomy always matters.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

 Awesome ... what a great use of a wireless controller.

Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Ahhh, love it when theives get caught red-handed :P 

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Re: Student Uses Wireless Controller to Track Down Stolen Xbox

Could you say this one got caught red ringed?

 
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