GameStop and other companies that sell attractive, popular consumer goods like video games in Texas may be particularly likely to be robbed. Three people are facing charges after they allegedly stole $4,500 in Nintendo Switch gaming consoles and accessories from one local GameStop. Police say that the Feb. 1 incident was a dramatic armed robbery in which the three people involved used zip ties to restrain store employees while taking the merchandise away, brandishing a gun at the time.
Police said that the armed robbery was reported through an evening 911 call that came in just as GameStop was closing for the night. Eventually, three California residents were arrested and face charges related to the thefts. A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery, while a 31-year-old woman was accused of possession of stolen property and another man was arrested with outstanding felony warrants in an unrelated criminal case. Police did not say why they believed these three individuals to be responsible for the GameStop robbery.
Video games and consoles have a high resale value, making them an attractive target for thieves who may want to make money fast. The items are also relatively small, making them easy to carry from place to place without assistance or heavy equipment or hide to avoid detection. One 27-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges involving four separate armed robberies at GameStop stores in the Los Angeles area. The man allegedly received around $132,000 in merchandise, and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Even people with a peripheral relationship to an incident may face serious criminal charges after an armed robbery. A conviction could lead to prison time, heavy fines and a felony record. People accused of theft may consult with a criminal defense attorney about how best to protect their rights.