So, let's say you opened up the Xbox 360 pictured above. Would you consider it to be a working
console? Apparently that's what the fine customer service folks at an unnamed electronics store thought, as the above 360 was returned and accepted, rewarding the
thief with a full refund. Upon closer inspection (by a learned scholar in the electronics department), it was discovered that the console in question had been completely gutted and subsequently stuffed with paper and the innards of a medical textbook. The cables in the box had been switched out as well, replaced with a standard computer VGA cable and an old printer cable. Granted, we're sure the console looked satisfactory with the faceplate attached, but even someone who knows nothing about electronics would find it odd that the rear A/V and power ports were empty. The fact that there were no controllers or hard drive in the box might have served as a red flag as well.
The thief may have gotten away with a 360, but we can rest assured that his console guts look as ugly as sin in the entertainment center.