Thief Allegedly Steals Xbox 360, But Replaces It With His Own PS3

Sadly, it's not uncommon to read about an Xbox stolen for drug money. Even used and resold under less-than-legal circumstances, the popular console is worth some cash.

It is, however, uncommon to read about an Xbox and Wii stolen... and then replaced with a PlayStation 3.

A young man in Michigan this week apparently did just that. He neither kept the stolen consoles for himself, nor did he think also to pawn the PS3 that he apparently no longer needed. Mlive, a Michigan news site, reports:

The 18-year-old resident, Nickolas R. Charo, said he came home to find his Xbox Elite, Wii, several games and controllers, a GPS and $250 in cash missing.

Charo said he believed his friend Joshua A. Beck, 19, was to blame and that he stole the property to feed an addiction to prescription anxiety-reducer Xanax. Charo told police Beck had been over earlier, encouraging Charo to sell his consoles for money, police reports indicate.

Charo left his residence Friday afternoon and returned to find his systems missing, though a Playstation 3 he identified as Beck's was in their place.

Police on Sunday arrested Beck. In an interview with them, Beck reportedly admitted to entering Charo's home through an unlocked door and stealing the gaming systems and GPS, though he denied taking the $250 cash.

Police: Bay City man steals Xbox and Wii, leaves his Playstation 3 in their place [Mlive.com]

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