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Man Tunnels Into GameStop, Steals Games 210

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the digging-for-treasure dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Life imitates Minecraft: Computer game piracy is big business, but there are still those who prefer to get their games the old-fashioned way: by digging a tunnel into their local games shop and making off with as much stock as they can carry. At least, that's the slightly bizarre approach taken by a man from Greeneville, Tennessee, who was arrested late last week after being caught tunneling into his local GameStop store from an empty adjoining building." Note that the link is thin, and the sources are behind logins and subscription links, so please post better URLs if you can find them.
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Man Tunnels Into GameStop, Steals Games

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  • Jeez (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheVidiot (549995) on Monday January 17, 2011 @11:26AM (#34904482) Homepage
    Note that the link is thin, and the sources are behind logins and subscription links, so please post better URLs if you can find them.

    Isn't that your job?
  • Eh? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ledow (319597) on Monday January 17, 2011 @11:29AM (#34904510) Homepage

    "Note that the link is thin, and the sources are behind logins and subscription links, so please post better URLs if you can find them."

    Er, no? That's what I expect a story-poster to do for me? Or the editors? You know, those *paid* people?

    Might as well say "Vague story happens but you can only read about it on other sites - help us do our job and find other people's coverage so we can post the link here!"

    Seriously, as the days go buy, there's less and less reason to come to this site, and less and less reason to pay for a subscription.

  • Re:Jeez (Score:4, Insightful)

    by dreamchaser (49529) on Monday January 17, 2011 @11:31AM (#34904534) Homepage Journal

    Note that the link is thin, and the sources are behind logins and subscription links, so please post better URLs if you can find them.

    Isn't that your job?

    You must be new here if you think Taco and his so called 'editors' do anything other than sit around playing video games and collecting paychecks while posting a link once in awhile.

  • No way game over (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 17, 2011 @11:43AM (#34904672)

    If he had been caught "pirating" those games, then it would be game over. He would be in debt forever with the multimillion dollar fine. But after this little burglary he will soon be out of jail and all out of debt, ready to enjoy life again.

  • Re:Done before (Score:5, Insightful)

    by russotto (537200) on Monday January 17, 2011 @11:55AM (#34904776) Journal

    Felony burglarly: State offense, 2-12 years in state prison, plus a $5000 fine. Likely at least two counts because two buildings were involved, but I'd expect the sentences to be served concurrently. Quite likely to be plea-bargained, and parole is available.

    Criminal copyright infringement under the No Electronic Theft Act: 5 years imprisonment in pound-me-in-the-ass Federal Prison (plea bargain unlikely and parole unavailable), a fine of up to $250,000, plus civil penalties of up to $100,000 per work infringed.

    Neither is likely to be much fun, but it looks like criminal copyright infringement still carries higher penalties. Note that if this is a second offense it goes up to 10 years imprisonment in PMITA Federal Prison.

  • Stealing... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Burpmaster (598437) on Monday January 17, 2011 @12:05PM (#34904882)

    Pay attention people: This is what actual theft looks like.

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