Crime is a constant feature of video games writing. Somewhere, someone is doing something illicit with them—sometimes comically stupid, sometimes tragic. Games and consoles are currency, objects of dispute, sometimes even weapons themselves. Kotaku's Police Blotter is here to round up the latest in games crime.
Xbox 360 Tent Finishes 1-Under for the Tournament
ARDMORE, Pa.—Phil Mickelson shot a 3-under 70 to lead the 2013 U.S. Open after one round and someone stole an Xbox 360 from a tent at Merion Golf Club. Police received the report at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 14, as players from a rain-delayed Thursday were finishing up their rounds. Police said the Xbox 360 was taken from a locked case inside the tent. Justin Rose of England made five birdies in his final round, and par on the last two holes, to capture his first major championship. No suspect has been named in the console's theft. [Main Line Times]
IOWA CITY—A woman is in jail after police found three stolen laptops and an Xbox in her possession, merch valued at $4,700. Madeline Lane Sliger, 23, has been charged with second degree theft. She told police that her fingerprints were on the items because she had purchased them the night before, for $30 or $40, from a gentleman named "Kool-Aid." [The Iowa City Press-Citizen]
At Least He Didn't Use Microsoft Points
MILWAUKEE—A 27-year-old man is looking at six years in prison after allegedly buying a used PlayStation 3 from someone with counterfeit money. The seller told police he met the accused, Jonathan Howard, and another man after listing his PlayStation 3 for $450 on Craigslist. He was paid in cash. The seller of the $450 PlayStation 3 said as he walked home, he felt the money, and noticed that it felt fake. Police tested the money and found it to be counterfeit; some of the bills had the same serial number. The person who owned the PlayStation 3 valued at $450 picked out the accused from a mugshot book, and Howard was arrested. He will make his first appearance in court on July 19. Currently, the most expensive retail bundle for the Playstation 3 is the PlayStation 3 320 GB PlayStation Move Party Pack, for $479.97 new at GameStop. All others are $349.99 or less. [Oak Creek Patch]
Gambling on a Video Game Ends with Rapper Shot Dead
WINNFIELD, TEXAS—Police are searching for a suspect after the fatal shooting on Thursday of Addarren Ross, a rising rap star better known as Lil 'Snupe. Police believe Ross and the suspect, Tony D. Holden, 36, of Winnfield, had been betting on a video game, and that Holden subsequently robbed Ross of money. Holden's long rap sheet includes several arrests for violent crimes, including forcible rape and second-degree kidnapping. [Shreveport (La.) Times]
Life Sentence for Robbing a Game Store
CONWAY, Ark.—Bryant Turner, 26, was sentenced to 55 years plus life in prison for the robbery of Game Point, a Conway, Ark. video game store, on Aug. 27, 2012. The steep sentence was handed down because of Turner's prior conviction on two counts of "terroristic acts." Game Point employees testified that Turner waited until everyone left the store, then came to their counter with three game cases and produced a gun from a plastic bag. He ordered the employees to the ground as he raided the cash registers for $1,200 and took several games. One said Turner told him to "remember me, because I let you live." A jury took 30 minutes to convict Turner, who also faces trial for a July 5 robbery of a gas station. [Log Cabin Democrat]
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.