Indianapolis: Home of Next-Generation Console Heists, Apparently

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A month after bandits stole nine PlayStation 4s from an Indianapolis GameStop, armed robbers stormed another store in the same city, making off with 15 Xbox Ones in a pre-Christmas heist that left employees and customers tied up in a store room.

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The robbery happened just after 10 p.m. on Monday, Indianapolis police said. Two men entered the store, one of them brandishing a "long silver revolver." The second suspect whipped out a black semiautomatic pistol as they approached the clerk.

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Four customers plus the manager on duty and three employees were taken to a storage room and bound with zip-ties. The suspects then made off with the 15 Xbox Ones and some money. Before departing, one of the men stomped on a phone belonging to a victim and stole their wallet.

The suspects are currently at large; the district manager for the GameStop didn't comment to the Indianapolis Star beyond saying they didn't want this kind of thing to happen again.

On Nov. 26, two robbers burst into a GameStop on the south side of Indianapolis and demanded all of the Xbox Ones in stock there. The console retails for $500. When the staff replied they didn't have any Xbox Ones left, the robbers too nine PS4s.

There was no indication the robberies are related; the two stores are on opposite ends of the city, about 25 miles apart.

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Xbox One robbers tie up workers, customers at GameStop [Indianapolis Star]

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Indianapolis just keeps getting worse. You can't even bar hop on Broadripple anymore without fear of being stabbed....or worse.

"There was no indication the robberies are related; the two stores are on opposite ends of the city, about 25 miles apart."

Well, considering the sheer amount of armed robberies and home invasions in the last year, I would assume that this is also the work of either "Code Rode" or "The Wretched Boys" both prominent street gangs that are known to be almost solely responsible for this upturn in violent, organized crime in the city....But you won't hear IMPD or any city officials claiming this, as they have chosen to be silent on this "issue". Keep in mind that these two gangs in particular are both North and on the Southside, and either way a 15 minute jaunt down the loop will get you to either of those areas.