French Armed Robbers Steal Thousands of Copies of Modern Warfare 3

| 7 Nov 2011 11:27
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Some people really want to get their hands on the new Call of Duty early.

Gangs of armed robbers have hijacked two trucks this weekend, and made off with thousands of copies of the latest Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare 3. The attacks took place near Paris and the stolen goods have a total value of more than three quarters of a million euros

In the first attack the thieves used a car to block the road the truck was taking, causing it to crash. The drivers then apparently got out to "make a report," at which point they were attacked with tear gas. While the drivers were incapacitated, the masked men stole the truck, which was thought to contain around 6,000 copies of the game. A second truck, bound for a store in the Yvelines district was attacked by a trio of thieves, who threatened the drivers with weapons, and again made off with the vehicle.

It's not known what happened to the copies of the game, although it's not hard to imagine them being sold on to hordes of excitable Call of Duty fans eager to get their hands on the game a few days early. After all, someone already paid over $1700 for an early copy of the game, and it wouldn't surprise me if there were plenty more where he or she came from.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 comes out for PC, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 on November 8th.

Source: Ultimate PS3 via Eurogamer

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It's redundant because they probably learned all those moves from the game itself.

What? We were all thinking about it! Aw, fine...

I think it's funny the effect this particular game is having on our society. At this rate, MW3 could easily destroy civilization as we know it, or it could rebuild it for good.
I mean, I know the game is good and fun and I'll admit MW2 is fun. But...to go as far as to pull a movie stunt to steal some games or to threaten employees for a copy of the game or follow people to their place to steal their game is just dumb!

I'm honestly not sure what's going on here...

My goodness! So many reports of people commiting crimes for a video game. It's like the ps3 launch day all over again!

... This seems like something from Saints Row 3!

This is so surreal, it is incredibly worrying.

This story reminds me of the opening scene of the movie Heat.
I fucking love that movie.

where the hell did they get tear gas in the first place?

Your seriously asking why they would steal a delivery truck full of 60-70 euro games that they could concievably shift inside a week at 30-40 euros thus making off with 300,000 euros. All they needed was a guy who could drive a truck a probably stolen car and a couple of tear gas grenades. Job done with 3 people max probably get away with using only 2. Thats 100,000 euro for a week or 2's work. While to take on an armoured car your going to need a much higher level of tech more guys and the guards carry guns meaning they can shoot back if stuff doesn't go according to plan and your not going to get anywhere near the payout once the jobs done.

No point robbing a bank these days anyway as most banks don't have more than 10,000 they can get at before the cops show up to ruin your day. You could get that by robbing a McDonalds just after the lunch rush and have a much better chance of getting away.

Michael826:

Otterby:
I must say I wasn't expecting the French to be the first ones to execute piracy with some balls.

Fixed that for you.

My thanks. Us non-native English speakers make silly mistakes sometimes.

This sounds like a scene from HEAT.

Remember the good old days when armored cars were robbed for money that was just delivered from a bank?

Good times, good times.

What really makes me cry, is those copies are going to be sold for ridiculous prices, and there will still be fools to buy them. Copies that, I am sure of by now, each and every serial code has been put on Activision's registration database.
'Would you like to register your game? (Y/N)
Your copy has been found on a list of copies that were reported stolen.
Cancelling authorization and alerting the authorities. Please wait.'

Afterthought: I am surprised nobody referenced The Fast and The Furious. But I highly doubt Dom Toretto would go after this kind of cargo. This has lame written all over it.

JemothSkarii:
Why'd I get an image in my head of Bobby Kotick poking his head out of a swimming pool full of cash going "I could have used that to top this up :("?

In all seriousness, this brought a smile to my face, I needed something to laugh at. Time for shady scenes which almost look like drug deals...but are in fact MW3.

I have to admit, my first thought was towards Kotick making a sad frown and wiping away a sad tear...with a huge wad of cash D:

Mekado:

Catalyst6:
EDIT: Except for the whole "incapacitate the driver" part. Really now, what happened to the gentlemanly thief? Jerks.

Well, they didn't shoot him in the head, that's a plus i guess...

Vanguard_Ex:
Can we get a new security countermeasure that causes disks to scratch themselves 10 minutes into the game if they're stolen? That would be dandy.

Oh yeah, that's what we need, some kind of DRM that physically destroys the disk, nothing can go wrong with that right ? .... right ?

I can only imagine the uproar if something like that was ever introduced :p

Absolutely not, I can't think of a single way that this could backfire in the slightest.

amazing what length people take to get a game. i knew that this game is a huge hype and highly participated but doing that, and this even in france, simply wow. i guess they cant wait to see how their country will look like in a war :P

Michael826:
And, as someone before me has stated, why wouldn't you rob something of a little more value? You have guns, and tear gas - seriously.

Like what? I'm not trying to troll, but I can't really think of anything that would have better value vs. risk than this.
Also three quarters of a million Euro is pretty high value no matter how you look at it.

Anything like Banks, money transports or jewellers are way higher risk for obvious reason.

Most other high-grade goods aren't shipped en mass like this and would probably have better security surrounding them.

They know that the game will sell, so it's pretty much a guaranteed sale (ie. they won't be sitting on unsold stock). And I think this is the main point.

If they can start selling the copies right now, they can actually make a lot more than 60/70€ off a sale too.

If it's console versions, then the games are untraceable. All you have to do is sell the item and it's done with. Things like cellphones for example have serial numbers etc.
Also games are low profile. If Jonny Noname comes home with a copy of a video game his parents probably won't even bat an eyelid.

They are easy to sell and transport vs. something like stereo systems due to size and weight.

Also it could be down to something as banal as a crook just getting the info about the trucks schedule. So a crime a of opportunity.

Otterby:
I must say I wasn't expecting the French to be the first ones to execute piracy with some balls.

Fixed that for you.

OT: Why? There is legitimately no reason to steal a game a couple of days early in such mass quantities.
And, as someone before me has stated, why wouldn't you rob something of a little more value? You have guns, and tear gas - seriously.

Really?
Really?!?!
God damn it France, are you that eager to see what happens to your country in the game?

These idiots just gave FOX News some ammo.

Catalyst6:
EDIT: Except for the whole "incapacitate the driver" part. Really now, what happened to the gentlemanly thief? Jerks.

Well, they didn't shoot him in the head, that's a plus i guess...

Vanguard_Ex:
Can we get a new security countermeasure that causes disks to scratch themselves 10 minutes into the game if they're stolen? That would be dandy.

Oh yeah, that's what we need, some kind of DRM that physically destroys the disk, nothing can go wrong with that right ? .... right ?

I can only imagine the uproar if something like that was ever introduced :p

Should have used Tactical Mask.

Seems stupid, the game is out tomorrow. What are they really going to do with it? It's a lot of work to move the games at only $60 a piece.

I came across this shortly after reading this article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/nov/07/modern-warfare-3-early-copies-in-shops?newsfeed=true

Well.. I guess crossing the channel doesn't take that long.

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