Technology

Incompetent Xbox Thief Busted Via Online Gaming

DiscoblogBy Brett IsraelDec 28, 2009 5:32 PM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

What with crooks who post status updates while on the lam and snap self-portraits with stolen iPhones, it seems incompetent criminals find technology irresistible. Our latest tale of blundering criminality involves a Bronx man who is quite adept at stealing electronics, but a bit confused about how they work, according to the New York Post:

Jeremiah Gilliam, 22, was caught after playing a stolen game console online -- allowing cops in Pelham, where it was stolen, to trace the IP address to his grandmother's address, cops said. There, detectives found dozens of video games, laptops, and GPS devices believed to have been stolen from as many as 200 car break-ins and several home burglaries in Westchester County.

While Jeremiah was online gaming away with a stolen Xbox, the console's owner, a kid, noticed his system was online while playing on another Xbox. He told his parents, who then called the police. Related Content: Discoblog: A New Facebook Game: Taunting the Cops When They Can’t Catch You Discoblog: iPhone Thievery 101: Don’t Send Pics of Yourself to the Rightful Owner Discoblog: Stole a Piece of the Internets? Prepare to Be Arrested. Image: flickr / benjamin-nagel

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month
Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
1 free articleSubscribe
Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 70%

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.