Thieves steal thousands of dollars' worth of video games from North Carolina Wal-Mart

Police in Kinston, NC are looking for two men suspected of robbing a local Wal-Mart Monday.

Authorities in Kinston, North Carolina are looking for two men suspected of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of video games from a local Wal-Mart on Monday.

Police spokesperson Woody Spencer told area news site WCTI12 that the two suspects took the games from the Wal-Mart between 1:45 a.m. and 12 noon on Monday, May 12. The store is open 24 hours.

There's no word on how the suspects, seen in the surveillance image posted here, were able to steal the games, or which games they made off with. Kinston is about 90 minutes outside of North Carolina capital city Raleigh.

In March, Wal-Mart launched a video game trade-in program in stores across the country and online.

This isn't the first robbery tied to video games this year. In January, a man called a GameStop in Nashville, Tenn. and asked the employee to set aside an Xbox One and copies of NBA 2K14, Just Dance 2014, and Call of Duty: Ghosts. He later showed up and robbed the store at gunpoint, also making off with $600 from the register.

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114 comments
TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

I totally blame Eddie.

His clickbait pseudo-journalism probably drove them mad and made them turn to a life of crime.

hamsterrecon
hamsterrecon

Logged in for the first time in years just to say that I've been at that store multiple times because my grandparents live in Kinston. My guess is it wasn't that hard to steal from because it's not exactly the most organized store and being late at night in a small town there probably wasn't that many employees there. They probably took all the games that aren't behind the glass, put them in a cart, and walked right out. I'm saying this just hoping that it really wasn't easy enough for them to break in and still things.


Also since I haven't been here, what the hell was The Great Purge of 2013?

yellowsanchez
yellowsanchez

how the hell do you steal thousands of dollars of games and get away with it and with no employees noticing a thing? inside job???

deadpen
deadpen

HOW? The games are locked up and I know that thousands of dollars isn't much when it comes to games but did no one see them piling game after game into a cart or their jackets?................OH wait Walmart.............yep that explains it http://walmart-people.com/walmart-people_site/home if this is what you attract in your store than how smart are the employees?!

DrKill09
DrKill09

Wal Mart just can't get a break lately...


First a kid robs a bank to buy a console, and now this?

bfa1509
bfa1509

I don't condone thievery in any way but who cares. Corporations don't have souls, there is no injured party here. Also Eddie, why the fk did you put an easily identifiable picture of an innocent girl at the top and then say "There's no word on how the suspects, seen in the surveillance image posted here" in the article? She could sue your ass.

Space_Paranoids
Space_Paranoids

They don't look like they have thousands of dollars of games on them.  They probably took like three games and Walmart is blowing it out of proportion...not to say that them stealing anything is right in any way.


nurnberg
nurnberg

These Obama voters just wanted free games.  It is unfair that the police is looking for them.  They are entitled to free games.

rinker03
rinker03

In other news, thousands of people steal games via internet every day...just saying

xcollector
xcollector

They have the perfect thing to pass the time with while they lay low.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Meanwhile, walmart robs thousands of people's time, money, human rights, and dignity - on a daily basis.

yavix
yavix

I hope they get caught, but seriously the employee's at this store had to be in on it or something. I don't care if they did it at three in the morning. No one  noticed two guys standing over near the game cases sliding shelves full of games into their bags? I'm not buying it.

metallunar
metallunar

Stupid thieves why would you steal something that depreciates fast.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

I'm sure they left the Nintendo products on the shelf.  Criminals don't need extra dead weight during their getaway. :)

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

don't worry...i'll find them once Watch Dogs comes out.  I'll hack their phones some kinda way.

glenwatson54
glenwatson54

I totally blame Wal-Mart here.  They have no clue when the games were stolen in that 10-Hour period.  Did they not have cameras in the area.  Did they not hire enough employees to monitor the area and help customers?  

Hurvl
Hurvl

Big Game Hunter: Larceny Edition.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

The thieves probably didn't originally come in to steal, they just got sick of waiting for an hour before a walmart employee with a key could open the game cabinet and check them out 

cdog21
cdog21

I'm gonna be honest, I've wanted to do something like this before.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Good Walmart sucks,I wish it was me that had those games. 

isv666
isv666

@bfa1509  Generally shrinkage (merchandise stolen, damaged, or otherwise unaccounted for) has an affect on quarterly bonuses.  Especially around this time of the year where Walmart does their inventory.  High numbers mean a lower bonus (this is also affected by a variety of other things).  But instead of, say, an extra $500 on your check, you may end up with an extra $30.  Or nothing at all.  Sure, it's a bonus and not something you should necessarily expect, but to say there's no injured party here isn't entirely accurate.  

inkman66
inkman66

@bfa1509 So there is nothing wrong with stealing from a business ......but posting a stock pic of a girl looking at video games at WalMart is warrant a lawsuit.  Somewhere there is a boat bound for Cuba calling your name.  Also, please notice that if you move that thing called a mouse over those special words "image posted here" the arrow turns into a little pointy hand.  If you press the left button on your mouse you will then be able to see the picture of the suspects.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@rinker03 Copying games is not stealing, it is copyright infringement and it's a huge difference.


The people here stole games because WalMart now has fewer things in their inventory.  If they walked into the WalMart with a laptop and CD burner, copied the games, returned them to the shelf, and left, they wouldn't have stolen anything.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@Sevenizz  

Who are you and what have you done with Sevenizz?

You are the LAST person I thought would make a statement like that.


Well Said.  Maybe you DO have some humanity in you after all.

Just_Joe
Just_Joe

@yavix  It's probably a case of not caring what goes on.

The bandwagon-ing toward them is worse than what's thrown at GameStop, but it only takes one trip to the store in the dead of night to see how something like this could potentially happen.  Unless you happen to get there while someone's actively restocking something in electronics you aren't likely to find someone in the area.

Maybe you blame the employees for not caring, maybe you blame the people that pay them for not giving them reason to care, but it's much more likely that these guys were taking advantage of a poor environment than that they actually had help.

lokar82
lokar82

@metallunar Very true, if you're going to steal something, steal money or jewelry.

allever
allever

@glenwatson54 Yeah, let's blame Walmart.  It's obvious the thieves are the victims.

Dude, you have serious mental issues.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@glenwatson54 Probably done with help from an employee.  Someone with a key to the case probably left it open, and stayed away from the case long enough for these guys to take all the games.  Thousands of dollars in games is a lot of games, that wouldn't happen without planning, and can't happen without the case being open AND unattended.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Tomcat2007   It's funny, at Walmart I once stood by the big screen t.v.'s for about 10 minutes, taking notes and looking at specs on the expensive t.v.'s.  About 3 different employees walked by me during that time, none asked if I needed any assistance, or anything.  If they had I might have bought a t.v. there, since someone would have helped.

Luckily no one helped me and I found the same t.v. elsewhere a little cheaper.  Customer service makes money as well.

hystavito
hystavito

@cdog21  Most of us have probably been tempted to steal at times :).

jrcast84
jrcast84

@b74kd3th  It was thousands of dollars worth of The Fighter Within. You dont want that.

bfa1509
bfa1509

@inkman66 @bfa1509  I never said there was nothing wrong with stealing from a business, I said who cares. Walmart is a corporation, it doesn't have feelings. Corporations take a big sht on decent business owners. But I don't mind if you shed a little tear for poor Walmart. 

How about I send a picture of you to Eddie for his next article: "Man sheds tear for Walmart". I'm sure you won't mind.


Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Xbox One > playstation 4.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

My sympathies if you're not joking.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@allever No one said the thieves were the victims in this post, others were saying that but that wasn't said here.  This sort of heist should not happen with all the security Walmart has, and especially since it happened on the sales floor rather than in the stock room.  Walmart dropped the ball here, which is what this person said.

hystavito
hystavito

@spacecadet25 @glenwatson54  Local Walmarts here do have some games out, like some PC games and large bargain bins of console games.  However, to get away with thousands worth, it probably wasn't from the bargain bin :).

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Why would they care? They don't make commission. The employee was probably worried about missing her family on a 10 hour shift, or if she has enough food stamps for dinner, or how much life insurance money she will earn for her employer when she dies.

bfa1509
bfa1509

@bradwinters @bwvictorious @bfa1509 @inkman66  This is funny. Walmart is worth 200 billion dollars and is the biggest corporation in the US and one of, if not the biggest in the world. More than half of Walmart's employees make under $25 000 a year, which is complete extortion. Who are the real criminals here? It's ok guys, keep quiet,  defend the corporations and everything will be ok...

bradwinters
bradwinters

@bwvictorious @bfa1509 @inkman66  


Couldn't have said it better myself.


So tired of people making ignorant comments about how big corporations have no soul, and tell people to steal from them all they want, without realizing the reprocussions.

bwvictorious
bwvictorious

@bfa1509 @inkman66

Thieves steal from wallmart
Wallmart corp doest care but store takes loss
store closes
employees lose jobs
Restaurants near wall mart and other small businesses that relied on wallmart lose business because big shop is closed. They close too
area becomes derelict, house prices fall down,

fortunately nobody cares!