Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

December 3, 2008 -

A pair of University of Minnesota roommates tracked down their stolen Xbox 360 following a recent break-in, reports MyFox Twin Cities.

Isaac Pacheco and Bobby Harris found their console missing after leaving a door unlocked. Fortunately, the thief wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed. A police investigator subpoenaed Microsoft for the IP address from which their 360 was connecting. It turned out to be the same as that of Pacheco and Harris, indicating that the crook was someone who shared their Internet connection.

The students monitored their account's Xbox Live activity and eventually recognized a name, which led police to recover the stolen console from a neighbor's room. Harris told Fox: 

[We] just felt violated and mad at whoever did it...

 

I don't think we could have figured it out without [the suspect's] stupidity. I think that's safe to say. Because,  if you had taken even the smart enough precautions, I really don't think we would have been able to track it down...

 

It's really nice to know they didn't get away with it.


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Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

was visible w/out moving/disturbing anything, he busted 'em. On that note - halogen lamps were prohibited in my dorms  and people would commonly throw a sheet over them, and not get caught with them. I'm sure that, in doing this, the RA knew every inch of the rules and operated very effectively WITHIN them.

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Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

Why not cut off his thumbs? Not only won't he be able to play on the 360 he seems to want so much, but getting through doors will become a real pain.This is really a good post for sharing.

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Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

FAIL

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Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

I had been broen into recently and you just feel so ticked off. I'm fairly certain it was one of my neighbors that broke into my house as it was happening all up and down our street over the course of a month and there were no cars around. Someone was looking for stuff small emough to carry.

The annoying part is that it cost more to replace the door then just about anything he could have carried out of the house alone.

Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

Get a dog and a 12 gauge.

Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

Already got a 12 guage after the break-in.

Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

I think he just signed in on the XBL account, which is enough for them to check what IP the console is currently using. You can then have the ISP that owns that IP address to tell you who is the customer that held that IP address during that period of time. In this case it turned out to be their own account so they figured whoever the jackass that stole t not only stole their xbox but is using their wireless connection, so he's close enough to throw a rock at. It's just several layers of retardation going on here.

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Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

I would kick the guy's ass...

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Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

 Im lost so the guy used their Xbox Live Account and then used his real name???

Is that what Im reading here?

Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

Fucking thieves.

 

Thieves piss me off a LOT, when they're not stealing to survive.  There are instances, IMO, where some older customs regarding thieves ought to make a comeback.

Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

Well, we could cut off his dominant hand (or, hell, why not both of them?), but since the thief was a gamer... Why not cut off his thumbs? Not only won't he be able to play on the 360 he seems to want so much, but getting through doors will become a real pain (as long as it has a knob or that handle with a switch-thingy). Using a mouse will be difficult too...

Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

I was more thinking a hot iron branding, at least for a first offense.  Continued offenses might see something worse...  and the idea of cutting off his thumbs is hillarious.  :)

Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

No way! Harsher retribution is warrented here. Strap the jerk into a Virtual Boy for a week!

Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

I thought the UN banned cruel and unusual punishment?

Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

No but it's violates the 8th amendment.

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True, but I thought that the Virtual Boy was ruled illegal under the Geneva Conventions as a form of torture.

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Re: Cops, College Students Track Stolen 360... to a Neighbor

EPIC FAIL.

 

I'm sorry, I've seen things go wrong, especially in D&D when you're just about to use your last, and greatest, ability to finally smite the big bad evil guy, only to roll a Natural 1. That guy just failed so horribly...

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Critical miss. Critical friend hit. Friend dies.

 
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