Playstation arrests robbers

By Derek Sooman on December 14, 2004, 1:12 PM
Something a little too strange to be true here (or, perhaps, strange enough to be) Grand Theft Auto may have saved the lives of a family in Santa Fe.

Apparently, as Sandy Wilson was at home taking care of her three grandsons, a group of men attempted to burglarize her home, pointing a gun at the kids. The kids, as it happened, were playing Grand Theft Auto on their Playstation at the time. The game, which has dozens of random police scanner messages and calls, was loudly belting out lines like "This is the police! You’re surrounded!" as the attempted robbery was taking place. The robbers thought that this was the actual police.

Galveston County Asst DA Michael Elliott explained, "The police in the game were staying, 'Stop, we have you surrounded. This is the police.’ The burglar, unknowingly, thought this was the actual police and panicked ... being apprehended by Playstation."

"Thinking that it was pretty funny," recalled young victim Chaze Fisher. "How they were, like, ran off, and they got all scared over a game."

Police have subsequently arrested the four men involved in the crime, all thanks to a Playstation!

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