Original post byOwen Good on Kotaku

One California City is the Scene of the First Two PS4 Robberies

One California City is the Scene of the First Two PS4 Robberies

The PlayStation 4 officially launched at midnight Thursday, U.S. Eastern time. Three hours later, it was officially robbed for the first time. Ladies and gentlemen, it is the dawn of a new era in console crime!

Not only that, happy PS4 customers were robbed on launch night twice in the same city: Bakersfield, Calif. the butt of every Vegas comedian's warmup joke since 1962.

What we're calling the First Robbery of the PlayStation 4 occured at 12:25 a.m. at the Best Buy on Rosedale Highway. It had been targeted by a criminal mastermind who came to the job with his secret weapon: a "replica gun." With it he accosted a PS4 newlywed in the parking lot, took the console, and left by way of a getaway car, whose make, model and color were relayed to Bakersfield's finest.


A patrol found the car, chased it for a short while and arrested the driver. The "replica gun" (God, please tell me it was a NERF gun, with the big neon orange drum magazine) was in the vehicle, and the PlayStation 4 was recovered from a nearby home. Two suspects, ages 20 and 19, are in custody on robbery charges.

But wait, there's more! Seven miles away, at the Gamestop in Valley Plaza Mall, a guy was robbed in the parking lot of his PS4 by a masked gunman who "sped off in a 2004 or 2005" white minivan. No arrest has yet been made.

A clerk at that GameStop said they will have more security when the Xbox One launches on Friday. Bias! Favoritism! Bakersfield! Avoid buying your next-gen console there.

BPD: Replica gun used to rob owner of new Playstation 4 [The Bakersfield Californian]

Thieves rob people in two different locations for video game consoles [KERO-TV]

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