Philadelphia GameStops Start Fingerprinting People Who Trade In Games

Some GameStop stores in the city of Philadelphia have begun to require customers to provide fingerprint scans if they wish to trade-in their used games. The new requirement is intended to serve as a anti-theft measure that can help local authorities track criminals who use GameStop stores as pawn shops. » 8/01/14 1:00pm 8/01/14 1:00pm

Trucker Drives Off With 144 Xboxes, Gets Caught Trying to Flee Country

NORTH MIDDLETON TOWNSHIP, Pa.—Whether he was taking advantage of a loading dock mistake or had someone helping on the inside, police here say a trucker from New Jersey drove away with 144 Xbox 360s and then sold them off. He was extradited this week after he was arrested trying to flee the country. » 1/28/14 11:09am 1/28/14 11:09am

Kid Saving for PS4 is Robbed at His Lemonade Stand—by a BB Gun

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. » 8/26/13 4:30pm 8/26/13 4:30pm

To Fund Gaming Habit, Two Teens Steal Electrical Cables

There's no doubt that China is currently going through an industrial revolution of sorts. Pretty much every city in the country is undergoing a construction boom. Taking advantage of this "boom", two teenagers in east China's Jiangsu province stole over 300 meters of construction grade electrical cable to fund their… » 5/06/13 6:00am 5/06/13 6:00am

Nintendo Lawyers Leave Yoshi's Rip-Off Android Game Feeling Blue

In February I speculated that perhaps a sex and name change would be enough to throw Nintendo's legal team off the scent of Era's Adventures, an Android game starring a female dinosaur that bore a striking resemblance to — okay, it was Yoshi. I was being silly. Nothing throws off Nintendo's legal team, and so Era… » 4/24/13 3:45pm 4/24/13 3:45pm

Hong Kong Resident Uses Social Media To Catch iPhone Thief

Having been the victim of cellphone theft I've dreamed of catching the thief. Unfortunately, when I lost my phone, technology wasn't as impressive as it is today. Over the weekend a Hong Kong resident had his iPhone 5 stolen, but with the help of social media and the Internet, he was able to get his phone back and… » 3/25/13 6:14am 3/25/13 6:14am

10-Year-Old Girl Steals Over $1,600 to Play Video Games

No one ever suspected a child when about $1600 went missing from a cellphone shop until after security cameras caught the little scamp crawling on the floor behind the counter. Now in Quangang, Fujian province, a 10 year-old girl is in hot water after being caught stealing money, quite a lot of money at that, to fund… » 12/10/12 8:00am 12/10/12 8:00am

Best Mom Ever Steals Over 500 Video Games for Her Children

When authorities searched the home of Rebecca Margaret Johnson following her attempted theft of nearly $2,500 AUD from a Big W department store in Queensland, Australia, they discovered a treasure trove of stolen video games. Over the course of a year the 32-year-old single mother of three had swiped more than 515… » 6/28/12 10:30pm 6/28/12 10:30pm

Why Steal Game Consoles When You Can Get a Six-Year-Old Girl to Do It…

On Monday employees at a Super CD in Johannesburg, South Africa realized two PlayStation Vita systems were missing from the store's inventory. That was shocking, but not nearly as shocking as what they saw when they reviewed the closed-circuit television footage and discovered the culprit was a five or six-year-old… » 3/28/12 8:30am 3/28/12 8:30am