Pennsylvania Man Swipes Nintendo DS From Disabled Child

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Pennsylvania Man Swipes Nintendo DS From Disabled Child

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Philosophers have long conjectured that man is basically good. They obviously never met Derrick Durant.

According to police, Durant recently made off with a Nintendo DS belonging to 7-year-old Michael Suhy. Suhy suffers from muscular dystrophy, a disorder characterized by the gradual degradation of muscle tissue to the point where the young boy is confined to a wheelchair.

"He loves [the Nintendo DS], and it keeps him occupied, and he plays it a lot," Suhy's father told local news reporters. "We've been nice to that kid. In these circumstances, [the theft] was the most horrible thing in the world. He's defenseless and only 7."

Durant, the ex-boyfriend of Suhy's elder sister, allegedly took the handheld during a recent visit to the boy's Pennsylvania home. He later fenced it at a nearby GameStop.

Using store surveillance footage and the serial number affixed to the the bottom of the DS, police were able to apprehend Durant, and return the system to its rightful owner. Durant now faces charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Admittedly, the theft is all the more tragic given the age of its victim and his physical malady, but in reality this sort of thing is depressingly common. I spent three years working in gaming retail -- not GameStop, but a similar environment -- and I can't count the number of times the police were called in to investigate our trade-in inventory.

Outside of profiling customers based on the likelihood that they're suffering from methamphetamine withdrawls, or holding every trade-in item for days just in case they turn out to be stolen, there really isn't much stores can do to curtail this type of activity.

So what's the solution? I just don't know. Even if Nintendo surgically implants an identification chip in the hand of every DS owner that prevents others from using their gaming machine, that just sets society up for a rash of horrific hand thefts.

Source: WPXI

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Wow. That's just.... fucked up.

damn... it happened in beaver. And thats close to.

well, more toward the topic, I'm not really surprised. its nto like theft is new, and its not like stealing from disabled kids is a new thing. most of us probably rmember the guy that did it from the hospital.

I'm just curious if the same posts of how money shouldnt go towards a ds and more towards helping the kid will rise.

eh. As Max Talbot would say, guy's a douche.

And thats really all i can say about that.

If I said what I really feel here I would be kicked from the forums for profanity.

Just...Dude...

Postulate 1. There are evil people.
Postulate 2. These people cannot be identified by group, race, name, gender, or any other classification. They are evil, no matter what else they are.
Conclusion. Based on postulate 2, there is no way to keep evil people from being evil. All that can be done is to punish those that are.

It's a shame things like this happen. Humanity really is terrible at times.

omicron1:
Postulate 1. There are evil people.
Postulate 2. These people cannot be identified by group, race, name, gender, or any other classification. They are evil, no matter what else they are.
Conclusion. Based on postulate 2, there is no way to keep evil people from being evil. All that can be done is to punish those that are.

I think a red hot brand of some kind might be an option... just throwing it out there.

This makes me feel like there is no reason for some people to exist. I can however, hope that there are good people on Earth.

ahahahaha. This is pretty hilarious.

I think muscular dystrophy should be transferable. You know, he gives the DS back and gets the disease in return. An old man dies, a little boy lives. Fair trade.

I worked at a gamestop in Philly and Let me tell you, I personally counted 18 times Cops was called in to investigate our Inventory over a stolen game, console or anything else.

I am happy to admit in being involve with catching some punk who did it to a boy with special needs. Cops came in looking for the man, and I told them to wait up, while I call the man back to the store; with the reason the Xbox was damaged and we needed to refund the money.

He walk back in and the cops arrested on the spot.

Ok first that 360 thieft that happen months ago and now this. Some people are just so selfish...

The solution is already there - have people write down the serial number when they buy a console. If it goes missing, pass the number onto the police. And when the people try to sell the thing, check the serial number against the "stolen console" database (unless it's scratched off, in which case no deal).

rollerfox88:
The solution is already there - have people write down the serial number when they buy a console. If it goes missing, pass the number onto the police. And when the people try to sell the thing, check the serial number against the "stolen console" database (unless it's scratched off, in which case no deal).

Not too many people do that, hell not too many people knows that exist.

I enjoy a happy ending. May he be punished severely!

Dr. wonderful:

rollerfox88:
The solution is already there - have people write down the serial number when they buy a console. If it goes missing, pass the number onto the police. And when the people try to sell the thing, check the serial number against the "stolen console" database (unless it's scratched off, in which case no deal).

Not too many people do that, hell not too many people knows that exist.

Thats why I keep boxes to everything.

Well as others have stated... I used to work in a used game store, and this kind of thing happens all the time. The same guy would come in trading in (always for cash) the exact same set of games each week. The guy had lifted an entire "bargain bin" shipment from a local Wal*Mart.

The serial number on my first DS wore off from so much use. My new one's is going strong but silly me to allow it to be accessible to small children. They broke the hinge, fortunately it still plays.

Good luck to the kid though.

Wow.. not as big of a douchebag as the guy that stole a Gameboy from a coffin, but still.. wtf?!

And the guy who did it, has nothing to say/his statements weren't shown?
This makes no sense, why did he do it?

Ah well, at least the kid got his game back.

I could make a horrible joke right now, but since this is really serious, I will restrain myself.

Why would someone want to do that? Stealing from a disabled kid? That's just horrible

Talk about stealing candy from a baby....

I would problably do matter by my own hands.... i have a great friend of mine thats in the same condition (but is older), but instead of a DS he has a PSP, and loved Gran Turismo Games....

So yeah if someone did that to my friend, i think i would definitly do matter by my own hands.... bash the bastard with a bat or something, for stealing to little kids.... even worst a disabled little kid... and when the cops came to get me, i would simply say "Twas worth it"...

Grayjack:
Wow. That's just.... fucked up.

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...no really...not much more needs to be said

Ah well, let's hope the kid got a cool game out of it or something, and may the guy get struck by lightning.

Kick the man in the balls. Repeatedly.

Stealing from a child? Horrible. Cowardly.
Stealing from a disabled child? That goes beyond deplorable.

Wow, a Gamestop actually did something positive!
At least they caught the guy. Stuff like this usually goes unpunished.

If you need an even better karmatic pick me up, check this out:
http://www.king5.com/news/local/DonatioDonation-jar-thief-hit-by-bus-in-Seattlen-jar-thief-hit-by-bus-in-Seattle-121787894.html

Fuck this world. Damn. Im all out of words. No idea what to say...

Stay classy Pennsylvania.

Dr. wonderful:
I worked at a gamestop in Philly and Let me tell you, I personally counted 18 times Cops was called in to investigate our Inventory over a stolen game, console or anything else.

I am happy to admit in being involve with catching some punk who did it to a boy with special needs. Cops came in looking for the man, and I told them to wait up, while I call the man back to the store; with the reason the Xbox was damaged and we needed to refund the money.

He walk back in and the cops arrested on the spot.

Nice.

OT: The nice thing about sociopaths that don't give any thought to how their actions affect others is that sometimes they don't give any thought to how their actions affect themselves either, and do stupid things like steal from people who know them in places and times that narrow the suspect list down to pretty much just them.

I'm not sure the term "evil" applies to them though. True, they are despicable to the point where one often wonders if execution would really be all that uncalled for, but they are despicable in the way that a malarial mosquito or lyme-carrying tick is. They are destructive, but a sense of morality is completely foreign to them. They just do what they do and the best thing to do is identify them and separate them from the society that they are not equipped to deal with.

At first, this sort of bothered me.

But then I remembered this.

Wow, you've got to be a pretty big piece of shit to do something like that. Glad they caught him and returned it now.

I wonder how people can do things like this, I really don't know how they do.

What a douchebag

Sigh, seriously wish we lived in a better world.

*edit*: Bug, double posted on me, sorry -.-

Grayjack:
Wow. That's just.... fucked up.

Your avatar made me laugh while reading the post.

Anyway, man, I'd hate to be his lawyer. Imagine trying to defend a person like that.

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