Victim of Robbery Uses Xbox Headset to Get Help

Usually, when we hear about technology helping a victim of robbery or home invasion, it's thanks to an alarm or security system installed by the victim. That, or they used their phone to call for help. However, a Pennsylvania man recently used his game console to call for help after he had been robbed.

According to MSN.com, Derick Shaffer, a 22-year-old in suburban Pittsburgh, was playing on his Xbox when his house was broken into. Shaffer was upstairs in the house and, when he heard the intruder enter the dwelling, assumed it was a family member arriving home. Once discovered by the burglar, MSN reports that the 22-year-old was bound and forced to take the robber on a tour to collect all valuable items in the house.

The burglar then left, taking Shaffer's car with him. Shaffer used his Xbox Live headset to contact a friend who in turn contacted the police. Police have not yet identified the subject (though they did find Shaffer's car). Microsoft's Larry Hyrb, also known as Major Nelson, tweeted about the incident last week, saying, "Glad everyone is safe, but wow."

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  • getrealStole a cell phone that likely has GPS, but didn't steal any of his Xbox stuff? That makes sense.


    Actually it does. Robber probably stole his PC, so who would want an old xbox? Lol.
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  • CamikaziEver think that the robber stole his cell phone?


    Stole a cell phone that likely has GPS, but didn't steal any of his Xbox stuff? That makes sense.
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  • soldier2013At least the long outdated crapbox is good for something! Also do 22yr olds not have cell phones these days to make a 911 call. Old enough to have a gun too?

    Ever think that the robber stole his cell phone?
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  • At least the long outdated crapbox is good for something! Also do 22yr olds not have cell phones these days to make a 911 call. Old enough to have a gun too?
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  • soldier2013At least the long outdated crapbox is good for something! Also do 22yr olds not have cell phones these days to make a 911 call. Old enough to have a gun too?

    Ever think that the robber stole his cell phone?
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  • CamikaziEver think that the robber stole his cell phone?


    Stole a cell phone that likely has GPS, but didn't steal any of his Xbox stuff? That makes sense.
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