Armed robbers steal over 100 copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops

The Baltimore Sun reports that at least two men stormed into a GameStop in Bel Air, Maryland on Saturday night, just before it closed. Armed with semi-automatic handguns, they demanded the store's entire stock of Call of Duty: Black Ops, as well as cash and game consoles. More than 100 copies of the game were stolen.

Black Ops goes on sale tomorrow, and thousands of gamers are expected to wait up tonight to be among the first to grab copies. To ensure a successful launch, retailers, of course, already have copies of the game, but they're forbidden from selling any copies before midnight. They're not, however, forbidden from handing them over at gunpoint.

The local police department has issued a statement urging anyone offered an early copy of the game to call authorities. That is, you know, after you play it for a few hours and revel in the fact that you got an early copy while everyone else is waiting in midnight lines.

Police don't seem to have many leads, though if Microsoft were to notice anyone playing Black Ops on XBL right now in the Bel Air, MD area, it might give them a start.

[Source: Baltimore Sun]

Nov 8, 2010

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Legitimate concern or pre-release hype?


  • Sharkbot - November 9, 2010 6:23 p.m.

  • Krhyme - November 9, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    No matter how hyped a game is, I would've still waited for the review *ping!* *shameless plug, I coudn't resist*
  • nightmare17 - November 9, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    @db1331 Your math seems to be off. Considering that they stole over 100 copies of whats probably the most anticipated game this year and some consoles. A new copy of a game costs about 68 dollars (depending on your state/provincial taxes) and consoles 300+. Consider the above they could have sold them for 100 dollars and the consoles for about 200 maybe even 300 dollars. I'd say these guys made at least 8000 dollars maybe even $10000 IF they managed to sell all this merchandise because I'm sure that there are people who would pay 100 dollars for a copy of CoD. BTW have you even seen the security measures for those other places you mentioned. If they hit those areas they most likely would have been behind bars already.
  • g4m3rk1dd - November 9, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    i could have robbed my walmart of 4 different games when fable 3 was first released at midnight...they just had the open boxes in front of the store...the car was right outside...
  • HardMetalManiac - November 9, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    I could make a No Russian joke hear but due to my proper judgement I'll just let Chris do it instead.
  • ja3e - November 8, 2010 11:08 p.m.

  • ja3e - November 8, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    It was probably some guys from EA... Medal Of Honor was a fail afterall...
  • FanofSaiyan - November 8, 2010 10:56 p.m.

    Who robbed the store, Will Smith?
  • Genericpenisjoketista - November 8, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    BAD. ASS.
  • blam57 - November 8, 2010 10:17 p.m.

  • near01 - November 8, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    -__- That is all.
  • Embolado - November 8, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    @Sy87 [insert TRADAR clip] Ripping Asses
  • Chaoscoolperson - November 8, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    LOL all good games get leaked. luckily I don't live there and don't trust COD so i didn't lose anything.
  • slickninja - November 8, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    Meh, they stole the X-Box versions, so who cares.
  • CongratulagentAgentTHEAgentAntista - November 8, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    I love how directly above this story there is a sponsored ad that says "Why Pre-Order Call of Duty: Black Ops?". And yes the ad refers to Best Buy but lets forget that part.
  • Sy87 - November 8, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    Bad idea you may seem tough with a gun and in a gamestop store, but when you get caught guess who becomes the fresh meat in jail. Plus really the risk is too great if they are trying to sell the games. Chances are the word will spread too much and to the ears you don't want to hear. Oh and ebay is not a good idea either. Enjoy the showers!
  • oryandymackie - November 8, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    What's the point?
  • DarkSynopsis - November 8, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    It seems as a whole the human race is not getting smarter in anyway! I mean holding up a Games Store is bad enough but then all they took was Black Ops and some Consoles? no cash? no other games? and they also could not wait a day for the game to launch?
  • yasmarc - November 8, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    They were just answering their "Call of Duty." Sorry I had to muh hahahaha. At least it keeps more of this shameless cash in from getting into the public. People need to realize hardly anything changes in these games and they may as well just be called updates or mods (like Day of Defeat and CS).
  • db1331 - November 8, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Man are these guys STUPID. Why are you going to commit armed robbery and risk going to jail for a very large portion of the rest of your life for a few cases of video games? If you are going to do it, go big. Hit a jewelry store, bank, or armored car. I mean what is the best possible profit they could hope to make from selling these on the streets? $2,000? I don't see how that's worth it.

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