Creep(s) Steal $14,500 in Game Merchandise from Spokane Valley Business

March 22, 2012 -

A Spokane Valley, Washington area hang-out for teens was forced close after $14,500 worth of consoles, controllers, video games, petty cash, and other miscellaneous goods were stolen earlier this week. The business called Game On was burglarized on Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to Spokane Valley Police. The burglar(s) apparently found a way into one of the establishment's windows. Local teens frequented the hang out because it provided them with a place to play games, take part in game tournaments, watch movies with friends, and more.

According to police the items stolen included eight 250 GB Xbox 360 consoles, eight wireless Xbox 360 controllers, eight wired Xbox 360 controllers, 150 Xbox 360 games, one Xbox 360 250 external hard drive, one Xbox 360 120 GB external hard drive,  one Belkin N150 wireless router, a Toshiba laptop, 100 Blu-Ray movies, and $200 in cash. Thieves didn't manage to steal the flat-screen television sets in Game On, but police believe they left in a hurry because they were spooked by something. They came to this conclusion because the thieves cut the wires from televisions instead of simply unhooking them.

"We were already struggling to keep our doors open as it was. This, this is devastating," owner Sabrina Hartley told a local news station. "Until we get things figured out and squared away, we close our doors. We have no way of doing business right now."

"Honestly, the worst part of the whole thing is that (police) think it was somebody who's been in here before, somebody I've talked to, somebody I've been nice to," Hartley added. "It just makes me think, how stripped of your moral values can you be for something like that?"

Hartley says that she is working with her insurance company to get Game On the money it needs to re-open.

Spokane Valley Police are asking the public to assist with their investigation and Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward. Anyone with information regarding this burglary should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or should forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.

Source: NBC KHQ 6


Comments

Re: Creep(s) Steal $14,500 in Game Merchandise from Spokane ...

There's not a whole lot you can do with those stolen consoles.  If you try to keep them, then you'll have to play with them offline; otherwise, they'll catch you like they've caught so many other thieves.  If you try to sell them, then you're going to stand out because you don't have the proper adapters for them, and who's dumb enough to buy consoles without adapters?

Re: Creep(s) Steal $14,500 in Game Merchandise from Spokane ...

The cables are cheap enough to come by that it wouldn't matter if the console has them or not. However, because of most state's pawnshop laws, these consoles will be fairly easy to track if they are sold to any pawnshop or game store.

Re: Creep(s) Steal $14,500 in Game Merchandise from Spokane ...

Sadly, there are plenty of ways to offload such merchandice that do not involve pawn shops.  They are probably up on craigslist or being sold via sneakernet or something.

Re: Creep(s) Steal $14,500 in Game Merchandise from Spokane ...

This really sucks. Those types of places always have a hard time staying in business but are really good places for local tournaments and for gamers to just hang out.  Hopefully they can still stay afloat.  

Re: Creep(s) Steal $14,500 in Game Merchandise from Spokane ...

To those who did this, whoever you are:

May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits.

Re: Creep(s) Steal $14,500 in Game Merchandise from Spokane ...

I like my ex's saying better.

May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your crotch.

Re: Creep(s) Steal $14,500 in Game Merchandise from Spokane ...

Well, community, you've often turned around and shown how nice you can be to people who treated you right before. You also sometimes shared a dark side. But most of the time, you simply care very little about your own. Which will it be, this time, which will it be?

Re: Creep(s) Steal $14,500 in Game Merchandise from Spokane ...

This is why we can't have nice things.  I hope these guys sit on a rusty nail.

 
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