Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and Guess

January 22, 2010 -

A 30-year old man suspected of stealing an SUV was arrested by police in his home while playing Grand Theft Auto III.

Tampa Bay Online has the story on Michael Ray Ekes of Haines City, Florida, who was busted after the stolen vehicle was found in front of his home. For some reason Ekes was asked what he thought of GTA III. The suspect replied, “It’s a blast.”

Sheriff Grady Judd offered the pearl of wisdom that, “Crime is not a game.” He continued, “Real-life crime has real-life consequences – and I hope he goes to prison for a good long while, where they don't have 'Grand Theft Auto' video games.”

At the time of his arrest, Ekes was free on bail on two counts of grand theft auto and was on probation for a series of other offenses.


Thanks to no one in particular for sending this in


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Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

The suspect replied, “It’s a blast.”

This made me chuckle.

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Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

The third game? Throw the criminal scum in the water!

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Saint's Row is the funny that GTA4 lacks and the game play of Vice City. AKA GTA rip off. yet no less fun

Let me put that on my to-don't list.

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

How are the graphics?

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Pretty damn good really. Dare I say it in cases better than GTA4. Not to mention it utilizes the Havok physics engine, so soem crazy stuff can happen. And it's fun to tear up fire hydrants and payphones nad throw them at people.

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

I just found saints row 2 more intuitive than gta4 and the learning curve is a little less punishing it also plays better when your on foot.

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

meh saints row 2 is more fun anyway heh

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

I've never had an interest in Saint's row.  It's just always come off as a low(er) brow version of Grand Theft Auto.

That does remind me of an amusing thing I saw at a Gamestop.  A woman was trying to buy a game for someone she was talking to over a cellphone.  So she was just calling out box titles.  Upon coming across Crackdown she looks at the back and says "I dunno, it jus' looks like Saint's Row for queers".

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Is real carjacking as easy as it is in GTA?  Can I just open a car door (never locked) and put my hand on the driver's shoulder, causing them to quickly exit the car and stand there and yell at me without moving their lips?  I need a new car...

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

i blame this all on holden caulfield

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

You're such a phony...

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Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

You can tell the guy's a moron. 1. There are no SUVs in GTA 3. 2. It's so easy to jack a car since everybody in Liberty City keeps theirs unlocked, and the alarms don't get the attention of the cops.

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Actually there is the Patriot which is an SUV I gues,s but the other two points remain valid

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Oh, but I steal cars everytime I play GTA, doesn't everyone? lol

/sarcasm off

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Excuse me while I file this under Dumb criminal news(through the most recent in the news Section) on the forums(Sarcasm)

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Wait he played GTA, aww I guessed he was playing Starcraft.

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Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

So Jack still hasn't learned how to go about that whole proof of causality thing.  Just because someone who steals cars happened to play a game called Grand Theft Auto does not mean that those two actions are connected in any way. 

Do you have any evidence that the person stole the cars because Grand Theft Auto made them?  No?  I thought not.  If you were better with this whole proof end evidence thing you wouldn't be unemployed.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

at least he somehow managed to match the title of the game to the name of the crime this time

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岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

True.  But still it's signifigance is about equal to Jeffery Dahmer being a fan of the Food Tv channel.

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Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

he's 30, and has priors for the same offense.

would be funny to find out his first arrest was after playing the first GTA.

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Everyone knows all the real people play GTA 4. GTA 3 is so 2001.

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

The anti games peopel won't touch it. For one, the man is 30, and 2, well, you know wha,t it won't matter that GTA3 is a decade old, seeing as they still blame original Doom for stuff.

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Well they still make sounds which scare people. :P

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Ha, good one!  By the way, you missed the reply button.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

More ammo for the ban/censor all video games from everyone crowd.

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Are blanks considered ammo?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

not to put too fine a point on it, but there are many an occasion when people have been killed by blanks

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Jon Eric Hexum.

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Heh, a fine point.  RIP: Brandon Lee.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Well, technically Brandon wasn't killed by the blank itself...

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Technically true, yes.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

"A 30-year old man suspected of stealing an SUV was arrested by police in his home while playing Grand Theft Auto III."

"Thanks to no one in particular for sending this in"

"Tampa Bay Online has the story on Michael Ray Ekes of Haines City, Florida..."

Hmm...

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

You really think it was HIM, Andrew?

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Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

I know it was him.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

I figured it was him, since I couldn't think of anyone else that would pull this kind of stunt.

Just out of curiosity, was it you, Pete, or someone else that wrote the article? Probably Pete, but I might as well ask, just in case.

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Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Pete.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

OH I C WUT U DID THER

 

 

 

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Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

LOL!!! I see what you're hinting at, there...

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

AntiGamer says videogame influenced or taught him how to steal a car in 3.....2.....1....

 

 

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Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

where's that picture where some guy walks up to car and shouts "TRIANGLE TRIANGLE TRIANGLE" when you need it?

岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Grand Theft Auto Suspect Busted Playing… Go Ahead and ...

Oh, Sh*t

 
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