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This story is proof that karma and technology go together like chocolate syrup and vanilla ice-cream. Jesse McPherson, a 26 year-old engineer from Philadelphia, was shocked to find his Halo 3 edition Xbox 360, big-screen television and Apple G4 Powerbook stolen from his home upon returning from the recent SXSW event. After dealing with local authorities, who seemed more interested in taste-testing donuts than helping, Jesse took the matter into his own hands to solve the crime.

After booting up a new Xbox 360 Jesse was shocked to find threatening messages from Xbox Live user I iRandom I claiming to be one of the perpetrators of the crime and demanded cash for the safe return of the Xbox console (coupled with ignorant NSFW language, of course!). After submitting his story to digg, which included an image of the second suspect in the theft that was taken from a local pawn shop's security monitor, Jesse was shocked to find over 7000 users had launched the event to the top of digg's main page.

After a barrage of threatening messages to the admitted thief's account from random Xbox Live users and dialog with the brave thief's own mother (His mommy got involved? Ultimate bad-ass!), Jesse's Xbox 360 console was returned in working condition (the Powerbook was also returned on a separate occasion). What, you may ask, were the officers of Jesse's local precinct doing in the time he solved the crime? Who knows, but hopefully it was updating their resumes to include sloth as a major skill.

[via The Age]

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Johnny ComeLately41

3-27-2008 @ 12:39AM

Johnny ComeLately said...

Iunno who has or has not been robbed in the past... but it's a pain in the ass. To say Burglary "isn't as important" is something I don't quite agree with. Sure, a murderer should be found first. But were also talking about thousands of dollars in electronics here. I know I'd be wayyyy pissed off, and down at the police station harassing to get this taken care of.

Put yourself in that guys shoes. Think about it. Remember, this may not seem to be a big thing to you since you haven't been robbed, but when you ARE robbed, and the police are sitting on their asses, you'd bitch too.

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abyssal42

3-27-2008 @ 11:50AM

abyssal said...

dumb mutherfucker dont know how to steal or kill, if i wanted to steal an xbox i would just simply shoot the mutherfucker with a steel coated bullet in his fucking head and run off with it, its just so simple but duuuuhhhh these dumb mutherfucking thieves embarras true thieves

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najah.:AKA:.DOUGHBOI43

3-27-2008 @ 3:19PM

najah.:AKA:.DOUGHBOI said...

well hes one lucky chap and the thief is probably getting a stern talking 2 about the random appearance of a tv 360 nd laptop in her house. it's obvious he still lives their.

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Wubbytoes44

3-27-2008 @ 7:57PM

Wubbytoes said...

Man, that guy is too nice. I would have kicked that kid's ass.

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Sean45

3-28-2008 @ 3:58AM

Sean said...

My house was broken into last Friday, all my 360 stuff was stolen. I know how it feels. Hopefully the police can do something, but I'm fearing the worst.

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