November 17, 2006

Armed Gunmen Steal PS3 Consoles in Elk Grove Store Robbery

Just hours before their highly-anticipated release, Elk Grove Police investigators are searching for two armed men who robbed a video game store Thursday, making off with four PlayStation 3 game consoles.

The two armed hooded gunmen walked into the GameStop store at 7717 Laguna Blvd. around 10:20 a.m. Thursday and demanded employees turn over the gaming systems, according to Elk Grove Police spokesman Chris Trim. Trim said the robbers took four of the consoles and four XBox 360 systems before making their escape.

Trim said one suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 6'3" tall, wearing black clothing, while the other is a dark-skinned man, six feet tall also wearing black clothing with a hood. Other surrounding stores selling the popular console were contacted about Thursday's robbery and warned to keep an eye out for anything suspicious, Trim said.

The PlayStation 3 consoles, which retail for over $500 each, are already among of the most sought-after items this holiday season. Plagued with production problems, worldwide supplies of the system are short, with only 400,000 PS3 machines available for U.S. buyers this week and only 1 million expected by year's end.

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