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Four Men Arrested for Stuffing Games Down Pants

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Where else would you keep them?

We all love video games. Sometimes they make us feel good… but we wouldn't go so far as to put them down our pants. Four suspected thieves from New York, however, have made a considerable run of stuffing video games down below their belts.

An off-duty police officer, Jerome Erwin, was shopping with his two sons when he spotted men walking out of Toys "R" Us with video games stuffed down their pant legs and waist lines.

Rather than confront them, which he didn't feel safe as his sons were with him, he tailed the suspects as they drove away in a Chevy Impala.  Erwin called the county police while he was following them, which lead to the arrest of the four men.

Police searched the car and found 219 video games, valued at an estimated $9,000, along with a handwritten list of other Toys "R" Us stores along the east coast.

The men, Rodney McCreary, 28, Gilberto Matos, 37, Derrella Winfrey, 35, all of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Wilfredo Matos, 30, of Staten Island, N.Y., were each charged with theft over $1,000 and were released on $50,000 bond, according to the Hometown Annapolis.

In somewhat related news two people stole around $1,200 in video games from Ultimate Electronics in Denver. Crime Stoppers is now asking for tips relating to the suspects.

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    insider3 , September 7, 2010 12:37 PM
    lol. Grown men robbing Toys R Us.
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    tommysch , September 7, 2010 12:39 PM
    Someone should really tell them about torrents.
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    back_by_demand , September 7, 2010 12:45 PM
    TommySchSomeone should really tell them about torrents.

    Piracy is still theft, whereas robbing Toys R Us is... oh, right...
    Yeah, someone really should tell them
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    pbrigido , September 7, 2010 12:16 PM
    I'm sure this happens all too frequently...it just isn't caught many times.
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    joytech22 , September 7, 2010 12:21 PM
    Lol, when i refreshed the front page, i didn't expect this kind of news! awesome.
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    mojito_619 , September 7, 2010 12:22 PM
    Don't big stores have a chip attached to the video game box (and other pricey items) and then have a scanner at the entrance that beeps when someone hasn't paid for it?
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    surfer1337dude , September 7, 2010 12:29 PM
    Mojito_619Don't big stores have a chip attached to the video game box (and other pricey items) and then have a scanner at the entrance that beeps when someone hasn't paid for it?

    all you really need is a strong magnet to deactivate the security device
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    insider3 , September 7, 2010 12:37 PM
    lol. Grown men robbing Toys R Us.
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    tommysch , September 7, 2010 12:39 PM
    Someone should really tell them about torrents.
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    rolled , September 7, 2010 12:43 PM
    surfer1337 is probably very experienced in the matters
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    back_by_demand , September 7, 2010 12:45 PM
    TommySchSomeone should really tell them about torrents.

    Piracy is still theft, whereas robbing Toys R Us is... oh, right...
    Yeah, someone really should tell them
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    taiso , September 7, 2010 1:01 PM
    happens all the time where i work. sometimes they're crafty enough to work in a group, while one 'customer' distracts us the other guys grab the items. sometimes they dont even need a magnet key to open the security cases...they just dash to the front door. sometimes we're able to get a description of the car/license plate, other times we're able to deter them from taking them by catching them on the act. but ususally if they're used to doing this for a living they really wont care who stands in their way. and honestly we're not allowed to (or willing actually) confront them physically. so it is good to hear they sometimes get caught.
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    Trashit , September 7, 2010 1:05 PM
    TommySchSomeone should really tell them about torrents.

    Dammit u beat me to it lol. I wonder how many torrents you can fit down your pants....
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    insider3 , September 7, 2010 1:17 PM
    In other news, children get arrested at Toys 4 Adults for stuffing dildos down their pants.
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    shockerz33 , September 7, 2010 1:26 PM
    taisohappens all the time where i work. sometimes they're crafty enough to work in a group, while one 'customer' distracts us the other guys grab the items. sometimes they dont even need a magnet key to open the security cases...they just dash to the front door. sometimes we're able to get a description of the car/license plate, other times we're able to deter them from taking them by catching them on the act. but ususally if they're used to doing this for a living they really wont care who stands in their way. and honestly we're not allowed to (or willing actually) confront them physically. so it is good to hear they sometimes get caught.


    In MN there was a Best Buy employee that was a former marine, stopped a guy from getting away by blocking him at the door. When the thief threatened to stab him, he one-punch KO'd the guy. The security video was on youtube for a while before it got pulled...lol. Employee didn't get in trouble because the police said he was defending himself from a physical danger.
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    wishmaster12 , September 7, 2010 1:44 PM
    maybe next time i go to toys r u ill steal myself a version of modern warefare 2
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    guanyu210379 , September 7, 2010 1:44 PM
    That many in a pant? Stupid store!
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    pozaks , September 7, 2010 1:49 PM
    For all their trouble, they might as well have poured hot grits down their pants. Thank you.
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    nforce4max , September 7, 2010 1:53 PM
    Not very smart on their part, if one is going to shoplift then they better get smart. There are plenty of blind spots in the security system ware one has the time to remove the RFID tags and loot the goods. Then quietly make ones way out the store but it has to be worth it as some have gotten smart over the years. There is some out there though are pros at it and even loot larger items such as TVs and higher priced items. Don't ask me how they do it.
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    neiroatopelcc , September 7, 2010 2:00 PM
    surfer1337dudeall you really need is a strong magnet to deactivate the security device

    Such as the ones used in harddrives.
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    serra , September 7, 2010 2:11 PM
    Thieves aren't too smart. When I was a teenager, I was working at a department store. On my break I was looking at something I wanted to buy. A guy came and stood right next to me and a guy walked up and stood right next to him at the shelf. The guy in the middle takes a box, opens it and puts the contents in his pocket and walks off. I look at the other guy and it is the store's undercover security guy. I just smiled at him and went back to browsing. A few minutes later, I saw the guy being lead in handcuffs back to the security office. Moron thief shoplifted standing between a store employee with his name tag on and the undercover security guy. Guess he wasn't paying attention.
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    eyemaster , September 7, 2010 2:13 PM
    kingnoobeYa back, and speeding is illegal to.. You better never go 1 mph over the speed limit our I hoped your fined 80,000$ for every mile over.. Freaking retard.. When you can prove I would buy it, then you can say it's theft. Because more often then not I torrent first, buy later. As I mainly play games for the multiplayer part, but single player gives you a hint.



    What you mean is "Lost sales". Any torrent is theft, just like taking it from the shelves at the store. The difference is that a torrent is not a lost sale. It's just a digital copy, so it's not a product missing from the shelves, preventing someone else from buying it.

    In both cases, piracy or store theft, they are both thefts and to the thief they don't represent a lost sale. The thief doesn't always use what he steals.
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    siliconchampion , September 7, 2010 2:28 PM
    I worked at best buy for a short time (for obvious reasons). The cases that BBY slips over their games can be removed near instantaneously with the use of a flat head screwdriver.
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