Canadian game store robbed of 150 Call of Duty: Ghosts copies

Thieves cut through store's concrete wall to make off with $75,000 worth of merchandise, including numerous copies of latest Call of Duty game.

An independently run game store in Ontario was robbed this weekend of close to $75,000 worth of games and equipment, including 150 copies of Call of Duty: Ghosts.

The burgaralized store was The Game MD, based on Windsor, Ontario.

Owner Roy McLean told CTV News that thieves cut through his store's cement wall, smashed an alarm system, and made off with the goods.

McLean said he was forced to close his store on Monday, preventing him from holding a midnight launch event for Call of Duty: Ghosts.

"We were going to have a midnight launch for this game and I expected to have 100-130 people lined up outside my door," McLean said.

McLean told Kotaku that he was able to receive an emergency shipment of Call of Duty: Ghosts by Tuesday morning, meaning those who preordered did in fact receive a copy on launch day. Only the midnight launch event was canceled.

Windsor police said the robbers also got away with the hard drive that stored the establishment's security video.

"They took all the evidence with them," McLean said. "It is heartbreaking. As a sole proprietor, they didn't steal from a company, they stole from me."

Because the thieves knew where everything was and how to break in without triggering the alarm, McLean said he suspects the burglar is someone he knows. No arrests have been made so far in the case.

Call of Duty: Ghosts was released yesterday on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U. The game has generated $1 billion at retail in 24 hours, though that figure includes units sold to retailers, not necessarily consumers. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will be available at launch later this month.

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277 comments
Algearond
Algearond

Really fucked up. You do this shit to Gamestop, not a one off small business.

oddjob2k11
oddjob2k11

Hope those jerk offs get caught. We the gaming community should start a charity for this guy and donate $1 each to help get this guy back on his feet. Would give us the gaming community good PR and support a good cause.

lion2447
lion2447

See, this is what happens when you don't put heists into GTA:Online. People have to turn back to real life. (Feel bad for the owner though, since its his store and not a usual chain).

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Definitely sounds like someone had the inside scoped if they walked off with the security footage as well.

Good luck to him getting things back on track.

Harbinger_CR
Harbinger_CR

Dammit thats terrible, unlike most people in the comments im taking this seriously. This guy was just trying to make a living and now he might go bankrupt for this.

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

I don't believe it. Nothing interesting ever happens in Canada. 

meatz666
meatz666

I think it was the governor of Toronto.

So he can play with his bro's, smoking crack and stuff

revlux88
revlux88

You'd think they would wait for the store to be stocked with ps4s and x1s before they pulled off the heist of the century...

DigiTMPS3
DigiTMPS3

Tomorrow's headline - Game store finds the crate of COD Ghosts at the doorstep with a note saying "We apologise for stealing these, we thought they would be of value"

berserker66666
berserker66666

The store should've had one of those CoD Dogs with attached camera thing to guard the COD Ghost copies. Finally that would be some use for that dog after all.

cinerius
cinerius

The article title should have been: "Canadian game store robbed of $75,000 worth of merchandise". 

The CoD copies are mostly collateral to this sum, but I guess it wouldn't have captured anyone's attention.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Border town with Detroit, why am I not surprised this happened there, lol.

tightwad34
tightwad34

And I thought crime in Canada was minimal, eh. Well, maybe violent crimes, not sure about theft and such. Then there's the crack smoking mayor. Sucks for him because he happened to get caught which makes me wonder how many other mayors out there that are like that.

quidditch3
quidditch3

Why would you break into a store just to steal 150 copies of one of the most worthless piece of shit games on the planet

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

cutting through a wall? thats like something out of a movie, lol.

razrabbit
razrabbit

And nothing of value was lost.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Didn't some CoD games get stolen last year or the year before off a truck or something in Europe? Interesting how it's always this franchise if that's the case. 

Trochero
Trochero

Question.... aren't these games bar coded and has uniqe I.D numbers when going online. Can they not be located if anyone goes online with these copies.

ne0182
ne0182

love to be fly on the wall on this one. 

"damn we planned this too late, we hit the store when the worst rated cod came out. 

god damn, frank. you were in charge of researching this mission"

haze0986
haze0986

The only way to keep a secret between 3 people is if 2 of them are dead, someone will talk eventually , just a waiting game

Jaxith
Jaxith

Stories like this really bother me.  I can't even imagine how screwed up someone has to be to do something like this.  Obviously, stealing is wrong, and it doesn't really matter what was stolen as the severity of the crime remains the same, but somehow I can't help but feel that the fact that these crooks robbed a private business owner makes the whole thing worse.

At the risk of stating the obvious, I really hope this band of lowlife jerks gets caught.  They deserve to spend some good hard time in a cold corner contemplating their actions...

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

They must have been GTA V fans. Serves them right trying to sell Call of Duty.

chaos-commander
chaos-commander

@CriticalCritic Oh yeah you think this is interesting the mayor of Toronto, Ontario admitted to smoking crack

sinclairhxc
sinclairhxc

@revlux88 thats what i was thinking.  ive already seen people selling their pre-orders for up to $1000, a haul like that and you could make an asssssss load

butternutsquash
butternutsquash

@DigiTMPS3 

It was like robing a bank and getting a bag full of deposit slips!   Ghosts is a waste of time and money.

 Hope they catch the arseholes....... Feel bad for the store owner.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@tightwad34 There will always be some crimes. Here in Germany right now criminality is extremely low but there are still murders here and there from time to time. :)

arqe
arqe

@quidditch3 Because apparently you didnt even read the article and making stupid comments here. They stole 150 Call of Duty games alongside with other 74.000$ equipment and other games too.

roman4545
roman4545

@quidditch3   just because you dont like it doesnt mean others dont.. ... gosh just THINK man !! dumbass...

mckruger
mckruger

@quidditch3 I bet the left all the shit BF4 games alone...if it was a shit game why did it beat GTA V in games sales on the first day totalling more than $ 1 bil ???

Vexov
Vexov

@Trochero bar codes are the same, they get scanned and come up with the item for check out. I.D numbers.. perhaps but I really don't think any of that is tracked, it would just be used to see you got a legitimate copy of the game. Also, he got away with more then CoD games, $75'000 worth of stuff. 200 CoD copies even at that Mega limited edition(Prestige?) going for $200 is only $40'000.

He doesn't even need to sell the CoD Ghost games to make profit.

okassar
okassar

@Jaxith A cold corner, with Call of Duty trailers (interrupted by a still of Bobby Kotick every 3 seconds) on loop and extremely loud, shitty dubstep music.

themc_7
themc_7

@sinclairhxc @revlux88 I don't understand, who the hell would pay $1000 for a preorder? You can pretty much walk into any store and get a day one console for retail price. 

blinkyg
blinkyg

@mckruger @quidditch3 Err it didn't beat GTA in sales? Ghosts made 1 bil in sales to retail, not to consumers. And fyi, last years CoD made more then Ghosts in first day retail sales.