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November 8, 2010

"Call of Duty: Black Ops," games stolen in armed robbery

The much-anticipated video war game "Call of Duty: Black Ops" isn't due out until Tuesday, so if you're playing it now, it might have been stolen at gunpoint this weekend.

The Sun's Jamie Smith-Hopkins reports that three robbers armed with semi-automatic handguns burst into a GameStop store in the Festival of Bel Air Shopping Center Saturday night and stole four cases of the game:

While the robbery at the Bel Air store was under way on Saturday, two customers stopped by and were forced into a storage area at gunpoint. Neither they nor store employees were hurt, the sheriff's office said.

The "Black Ops" games stolen Saturday night had been set aside for sale on Tuesday, said Monica Worrell, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Fans across the country have pre-ordered copies to avoid missing out.
A statement from the Harford County Sheriff's Office and descriptions of the robbers:


(Bel Air MD, November 7, 2010) On Saturday, November 6, 2010 at approximately 9:20pm, Harford County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies responded to a 911 call regarding an armed robbery in progress at the Game Stop Store located at the Festival at Bel Air - 5 Bel Air South Parkway, Bel Air MD.
As the store was closing for the evening, the suspects armed with black semi automatic handguns, entered the store stealing cash from the register, several X-Box game systems and portable game systems.  In addition, they stole an assortment of new release video games, including the video game, "Call of Duty-Black Ops", which is not scheduled for release for sale until November 9, 2010.
While the robbery was in progress, two customers approached the front door of the store.  They were originally told by one of the robbers that the store was closed, but one of the suspects then let the customers in to the store, ushering them at gunpoint into the store's back storage area. Neither employees nor customers were physically injured during the robbery.
Detectives believe that there are at least two suspects involved in this armed robbery and may be the same individuals who committed the armed robbery of the Game Stop in Aberdeen on October 21, 2010.  
Suspects' descriptions
•    Suspect # 1 is described as a black male with shoulder length brown, black dreadlocks.  Height - approximately  5'8" tall.  Weight -  approximately 160 lbs. He was wearing a red do rag style head covering, a green and brown leather jacket, blue jeans and black biker glasses and black boots
•    Suspect # 2 is described as bald black male.  Height - Approximately 6'0" tall.  Weight - approximately 180 lbs.  He was wearing a NC blue baseball cap, dark blue jeans and a lighter blue hoodie with holes through out it.
•    At this time it is believed, that a late model white mini van - possibly a Dodge Caravan, was used as the suspects getaway car.

If anyone has information regarding this crime are encouraged to contact Harford County Sheriff's Office Detective Phil Golden at 410-836-5430.

Posted by Peter Hermann at 7:56 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Harford County


If they used makarov's, it would've been so legit. lol
but since this isn't too much a laughing matter, i'm glad noone was hurt ^^

How idiotic. As soon as they connect to the console's Internet site the fact they have the game will be known.

some guy was palying it yesterday on psn does that count

Yeah, I think that it maybe just because the store did not have much money so that the robbers get the games for money. Anyway, I love COD:Black Ops

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Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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