Former Postal Worker Stole 2200 GameFly Games

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Former Postal Worker Stole 2200 GameFly Games

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A former employee with the U.S. Postal Service has admitted that he stole 2200 GameFly games over a six-month stretch in 2008.

Reginald Johnson of Germantown, PA, was a mail-processing clerk who unloaded trucks at the processing and distribution center is Philadelphia, PA. Apparently the center is a bit lax in the ol' oversight department, because for at least six months and probably longer, Johnson was helping himself to a veritable buttload of videogames people had ordered through the GameFly service.

Federal authorities said Johnson swiped 2200 games between April and September 2008, but the Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General actually began receiving complaints about missing GameFly orders in Philadelphia as far back as late 2007. In September 2008 the post office conducted a sting operation using "test mailings" and determined that Johnson was in fact the notorious Gameburglar.

When the obviously elite federal agents on the case tried to arrest Johnson later that day, he somehow managed to elude them in the parking lot and "sped off" in his SUV. His career as a getaway driver was short-lived, however; he crashed the thing soon after and was busted trying to complete his escape on foot. A duffel bag he was carrying at the time contained 81 GameFly mailings, while his vehicle contained a backpack with another 79 GameFly games, along with five Nintendo Wii Sport packages, three Wiis, a PlayStation, various controllers and some GameStop receipts.

Authorities estimated the value of the games stolen by Johnson at $86,000. Sentencing will take place on January 13, at which time he's expected to be given between 12 and 18 months in the slammer.

via: GamePolitics

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Wow...

I wonder if there will be any fallout on GameStop (either the company or just that branch) for this. Pawn shops are liable for accepting stolen property, and anyone else that is buying 'pre-owned' goods likely falls under the same rules.

Selling back that many games should have raised a flag with somebody over there.

Holy Shit! That's just impressive. Guys got a serious problem.

Virgil:
Selling back that many games should have raised a flag with somebody over there.

You'd think so, but I have a saying that has yet to be proven wrong:
People are stupid.

More on topic: The guy got greedy, and now he's going away for it.
Hopefully the post office will learn to take some better precautions to avoid this kind of thing.

Alright, if he got away with stealing a few, wouldn't he just stop there? I mean, his haul sounds pretty impressive anyway,

Woah.

For a second I thought that guy was from my hometown of Germantown Maryland

Why do those neighboring states share the same name for their town? (Don't answer that)

jack thompson will be all over this.

Why they didn't catch this sooner....is crazy.

At 2200 games, it sounds like nobody from that particular area was getting their GameFly games... how bright does the red flag have to be? Gotta love bureaucratic justice.

Put yourself in his shoes! And remember - always keep your kleptomania under control.

PS If someone smells a meme here - he's right :)

12 to 18 months for 2200 games? Blasphamy! Throw the book at this fucker!

Virgil:
I wonder if there will be any fallout on GameStop (either the company or just that branch) for this. Pawn shops are liable for accepting stolen property, and anyone else that is buying 'pre-owned' goods likely falls under the same rules.

Selling back that many games should have raised a flag with somebody over there.

It's more likely he sold them off on eBay than to stores.

Hm... I feel that "PWNED!" is an appropriate reaction here.

That be a lotta games. Does that make him a pirate? I say that makes him a pirate. Did he have an eye patch?

I live in Philadelphia. I don't subscribe to GameFly, though, so I wasn't personally gipped. But for something like this to happen so close to home is pretty bizarre. You'd think 2200 missing games in Philly would have gotten solved long ago. Now the question is, how do they deal with all the shops those games were probably sold to?

Also, to Armored Prayer, the name of Johnson's residence is most likely a misnomer; a search for "Germantown, PA" came up with the names of five towns around the state, and if he worked in the Philadelphia distribution center the Germantown he lived in was most likely the neighborhood in the city.

What a retard.

18months for $86000? That seems kind of lenient.

Thats like TWELVE GAMES A DAY!

For keeping it going without getting caught for that long, I vote he be put into the Guinness World Records book for most games stolen one at a time, and recieve a medal, and be off the hook for charges

But that's just how my perverse world works.

EDIT: Wait a minute, he might serve ONLY TWELVE MONTHS! Obviously someone was impressed enough to lighten the sentence (lol) because the theft alone should be like 18 months in prison, not to mention the mother freaking CAR CHASE which should have added at least another 12 months to that!

That's way too lenient... I say "Off with his head"... Or at least his hands...

O_o

I'm almost certain he stole more games than I have played in my entire life. Where is the justice. Also, why wasn't he smart about this and just stole one game at a time(and definitely not stealing any consoles, that's just asking to be caught).

Virgil:
I wonder if there will be any fallout on GameStop (either the company or just that branch) for this. Pawn shops are liable for accepting stolen property, and anyone else that is buying 'pre-owned' goods likely falls under the same rules.

Selling back that many games should have raised a flag with somebody over there.

thats a good point, alot of gamestops will accept games no matter what, even if its 30 of the same game all still in its original wrapping. But did he even sell them to gamestop? he could have gone to a non-gaming specific pawn shop, or hell, sold them online.

He probably got greedy in the end but started with only a couple here and there. If he only kept to yoinking one or two here and there no one would have noticed, but you take 90 in a day...

Virgil:
I wonder if there will be any fallout on GameStop (either the company or just that branch) for this. Pawn shops are liable for accepting stolen property, and anyone else that is buying 'pre-owned' goods likely falls under the same rules.

Selling back that many games should have raised a flag with somebody over there.

not really, I just sold my old ps2 library to Hastings [ironically they pay more for ps2 games than they do for ps3 games], this was roughly 20 games and all they asked for was my I.D. card. Sure it might raise a eyebrow that your selling a game that came out yesterday, but beyond that they are paying you usually $40 for a $60 game, if not less, which they will then sell for just under $60.

but most stores wont buy games unless they come in their original cases, far as I know GameFly gives you paper cases.

joystickjunki3:
What a retard.

Agreed. Who ever heard of a successful getaway in an SUV?

Virgil:
I wonder if there will be any fallout on GameStop (either the company or just that branch) for this. Pawn shops are liable for accepting stolen property, and anyone else that is buying 'pre-owned' goods likely falls under the same rules.

Selling back that many games should have raised a flag with somebody over there.

People are worthlezz when it comez to detecting stuff like thiz. You would think that zuzpicion would be raized when I walk into Tzarbucks naked but people are too abzorbed with their own livez to zay "Hold on a minute....".

Kellerb:
jack thompson will be all over this.

How?

Playing games didn't make the guy do it.

Virgil:
I wonder if there will be any fallout on GameStop (either the company or just that branch) for this. Pawn shops are liable for accepting stolen property, and anyone else that is buying 'pre-owned' goods likely falls under the same rules.

Selling back that many games should have raised a flag with somebody over there.

well if he was smart he would have sold the same game to different stores, however i don't think GameFly sends you case, they send you the game in a mailer, like Netflix does and i don't think GameStop accepts caseless games.

i'm guessing he sold it to pawnshops and ebay or friends

Poopie McGhee:
That's way too lenient... I say "Off with his head"... Or at least his hands...

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Only thing I'm hoping is the people who got ripped off are at least getting compensated by Gamefly.

That man is a BEAST!! Sucks about having to go to jail though...

Is it normal that i find this very funny...

Wow. This guy is three words.

KA. RAY. ZEE.

ZeroMachine:
Hm... I feel that "PWNED!" is an appropriate reaction here.

That be a lotta games. Does that make him a pirate? I say that makes him a pirate. Did he have an eye patch?

No, although he did have a parrot.

So, what? 50% Pirate, 50% Pet shop owner?

sneak_copter:

ZeroMachine:
Hm... I feel that "PWNED!" is an appropriate reaction here.

That be a lotta games. Does that make him a pirate? I say that makes him a pirate. Did he have an eye patch?

No, although he did have a parrot.

So, what? 50% Pirate, 50% Pet shop owner?

100% Awesome.

cleverlymadeup:

Virgil:
I wonder if there will be any fallout on GameStop (either the company or just that branch) for this. Pawn shops are liable for accepting stolen property, and anyone else that is buying 'pre-owned' goods likely falls under the same rules.

Selling back that many games should have raised a flag with somebody over there.

well if he was smart he would have sold the same game to different stores, however i don't think GameFly sends you case, they send you the game in a mailer, like Netflix does and i don't think GameStop accepts caseless games.

i'm guessing he sold it to pawnshops and ebay or friends

Doesn't say that he sold or received any cash for them, he could just have been stealing them to have them. Perhaps he was trying to run GameFly out of business or screw over the gamers in the area. Maybe he's a gigantic Halo fan, and was tired of being pwned, so he was stealing all the games so they couldn't play. :)

Wow, becoming a post office worker just looked a little better. Not grabbing 2200 games mind you, just once every two months or something. I would never have to pay to play ever again!.

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