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Virtual Crook Makes Off With Goods, Minnesota Police Are Useless

Posted Mon, Feb 04, 2008 by Aelryn

I went to the police, like a good American. They went free that very day! I stood in the courtroom like a fool. And those two bastards, they smiled at me. Then I said to my wife, for justice, we must go to Don Corleone.

If you're waiting for your local police force to help you out with a virtual theft, don't hold your breath. One local Minnesotan went to the cops to report a stolen game account and pretty much got laughed out of the building.

Luurs decided to get justice and took his virtual beef to Blaine police.

He told them Ayri could make real money, he said about $3,800, from selling the loot to gamers who would rather pay for it than play for it.

Luurs got the figure from ige.com, a site where gamers buy and sell virtual goods with real currency. In online gaming, there's a big market for players who'd rather buy powerful characters and tools than spend months or years toiling at killing monsters and going on quests.

So, would police charge Ayri with theft?

No.

Investigators said points earned in games are devoid of monetary value. So if Ayri didn't steal any value, he didn't commit a crime.

Read the full story at the TwinCities.com website, and then tell us what you think.

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