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Victim of Robbery Uses Xbox Headset to Get Help

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Xbox Live comes in handy for one 22-year-old from Pennsylvania.

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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    dark_knight33 , December 22, 2012 4:29 PM
    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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    getreal , December 22, 2012 3:38 PM
    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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    Camikazi , December 22, 2012 3:34 PM
    soldier2013At least the long outdated crapbox is good for something!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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    Anonymous , December 22, 2012 3:27 PM
    At least the long outdated crapbox is good for something!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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    Camikazi , December 22, 2012 3:34 PM
    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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    getreal , December 22, 2012 3:38 PM
    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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    -Jackson , December 22, 2012 4:16 PM
    Wait, how does this even qualify as news?
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    dark_knight33 , December 22, 2012 4:29 PM
    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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    richarduk , December 22, 2012 4:43 PM
    I thought you can trace an XBox that has been stolen and then reconnected to the net?
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    getreal , December 22, 2012 5:08 PM
    richardukI thought you can trace an XBox that has been stolen and then reconnected to the net?


    Don't connect it to the Internet.
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    getreal , December 22, 2012 5:16 PM
    dark_knight33Actually it does. Robber probably stole his PC, so who would want an old xbox? Lol.


    Nope. Just because the majority of this site are PC snobs doesn't change the fact that consoles, especially the Xbox, are way more popular for games.

    Besides, how would the robber play Madden on a PC? He would have to settle on just NBA 2K.
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    Parsian , December 22, 2012 5:50 PM
    People are careless. Place some reinforced door locks and keep them locked even when you are inside the house. I know a lot of time, when break in happen the guys are well equipped but extra security/safety measures translate to awareness and longer reaction time.
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    bak0n , December 22, 2012 5:56 PM
    If he had a gun. He wouldn't of had to use his headset, just his phone to call for corpse pickup.
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    -Jackson , December 22, 2012 6:03 PM
    What the hell is it with you people and guns.
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    zeratul600 , December 22, 2012 9:48 PM
    man i love america, burglars enter your house and left, and people tell you to get a gun and kill the bastard, but in venezuela if a burglar broke in to your home he will kill you, if for some reason you had a gun in your house, then people will tell your family that you got attacked because the burglar wanted the gun, so they better resist the urge to buy a weapon to defend themselves...
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    prodigygamer , December 22, 2012 10:44 PM
    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?


    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.


    How do you make a cell phone call while bound?

    He was playing online with friends and left the console and controller on, therefore able to still communicate to his friends even while bound, after the robbery.

    Article is old news, yet people still fail to read properly before commenting.
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    CaedenV , December 22, 2012 10:50 PM
    bak0nIf he had a gun. He wouldn't of had to use his headset, just his phone to call for corpse pickup.

    Couldn't agree more. Security is not about having a fool proof system, it is merely a matter of having a system that is either intimidating (dog/alarm), or would have severe consequences (gun). Simply make a target that is not worth the effort.
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    Uberragen21 , December 22, 2012 11:10 PM
    zeratul600man i love america, burglars enter your house and left, and people tell you to get a gun and kill the bastard, but in venezuela if a burglar broke in to your home he will kill you, if for some reason you had a gun in your house, then people will tell your family that you got attacked because the burglar wanted the gun, so they better resist the urge to buy a weapon to defend themselves...

    All the more reason not to live in some shit-hole of a country like Venezuela. Besides, most people don't have time to go for their gun, load it before the intruder attacks them. Need to learn self defense and grab your biggest kitchen knife, THEN make your way to your gun after holding off, or scaring off the intruder. But hey, they don't breed intelligent people these days...
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    lghost , December 22, 2012 11:10 PM
    Not worthy of an article, he could have just walked next door and used the neighbors phone... I thought he was going to report someone breaking on the headset and they called the police while he was forced to give his stuff away and then the intruder was met outside by the police when he left... They didn't even catch the guy, so what exactly has the headset done?
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    tomfreak , December 23, 2012 12:31 AM
    getrealStole a cell phone that likely has GPS, but didn't steal any of his Xbox stuff? That makes sense.
    trying to make sense with robber? since when they make any sense. if they do they'll join some organize crime and rob the bank, not this poor 22-year-old.
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    alextheblue , December 23, 2012 2:29 AM
    CamikaziEver think that the robber stole his cell phone?
    It's Trolldier. You'll get used to his tired old trolling eventually... well maybe not.
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    alextheblue , December 23, 2012 2:44 AM
    -JacksonWhat the hell is it with you people and guns.

    You're so right! Why bother with self-defense? Grabbing your ankles and bending over is so much more efficient. Only criminals should be allowed to have weapons. Police come along to clean up the mess.
    hastenI have weapons. Locked, as they should be. Not gonna do a lot of good in this situation. But obviously you are a moron (we know what political affiliation) gun nut.
    None of your weapons are available for protecting yourself, and you're calling him a moron? A guy with a baseball bat could break into your house and knock your arse out. Then rob you while you lie there unconcious in a puddle of urine (yours, his, who knows its a mystery). Why even own weapons if they're alllocked up, and by your own admission, not useful for home defense? Just as toys?
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    Kami3k , December 23, 2012 3:12 PM
    getrealNope. Just because the majority of this site are PC snobs doesn't change the fact that consoles, especially the Xbox, are way more popular for games.Besides, how would the robber play Madden on a PC? He would have to settle on just NBA 2K.


    Lol, "why so serious" comes to mind with you.

    I bet you're the life of a party! hahaha!
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