On Christmas Eve 2010 a man in Ashland, Oregon came home to find his home ransacked and robbed. Among the items stolen was a flashy new video game console. While we do not know what kind of console was stolen we do know that police can track it down if it connects to the internet and there is some way to track it based on serial numbers.
The Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force, which deals with cyber crimes and crimes involving electronic devices, contacted the manufacturer. With their help the police were able to track the console down because someone went online with it.
Central Point police Lt. Josh Moulin said that, with the manufacturer’s help, they were able to trace the stolen console to a home in Medford. The resident living there told police that he purchased the console from 24-year-old Nicholas Gomez. After interviewing Gomez, police arrested the man for first-and-second-degree theft. Police could not find enough evidence to charge Gomez with the burglary.
Gomez should consider himself lucky and should make note of the fact that you can’t steal a console then sell it using your real name because police can now track these current generation console systems down with little effort.