Some people will do anything to get their hands on a game early – including holding up a video game store at gun-point.
A GameStop located in Harford County, Maryland was the target of a violent attack on Saturday night, which saw two men picking up cash and consoles as well as more than 100 copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops. They were brandishing semi-automatic weapons and escaped before police arrived in a late-model white minivan (possibly a Dodge Caravan). Fortunately, nobody was injured in the holdup, despite the offenders forcing two customers into a storage area at gunpoint.
This isn’t the first time GameStop in Harford County has been targeted – on October 21, the Aberdeen branch of the store was also involved in an armed robbery. The Harford County sherriff’s office believes the same men might be behind both crimes.
Monica Worrell, spokesperson for the sherriff’s office, has asked residents to call in if they are offered copies of the game before release date:
“Call of Duty: Black Ops isn’t out there ’til Tuesday, so anybody that has it today or tomorrow shouldn’t have it.”
It’s just a few short days before Call of Duty: Black Ops is set to launch around the world, so it’s not like the crims had too long to wait. That said, a jail sentence is a pretty good way of delaying any game-playing adventures… better get your gaming in quick, fellas!
On the other side of the issue though – here’s hoping that nobody in the Harford County area who had pre-ordered their copy of Black Ops is now unable to get their game on, thanks to these opportunistic thieves.
Source: Baltimore Sun