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Student recovers stolen Xbox 360 but doesn't beat thief senseless

Gamers put lots of time into their favorite games gaining new abilities, levels, and other benefits as the game goes along. A couple of the worst things that could happen to a gamer is to have his game console stolen or lose the game data stored on the console.

The Standard Online reports that a student named Ryan Ketsenburg from Missouri State was able to recover his stolen Xbox 360 console using a bit of technological knowhow. Ketsenburg reports that he and a roommate came back from a school-sanctioned trip and were so tired they forgot to lock the door to their room.

When the students woke the next day, Ketsenburg realized that his Xbox had been stolen. According to a police report the student says that while he and his roommate were sleeping someone crept into the room and made off with the game system.

The thief neglected to take the wireless controller to the Xbox and Ketsenburg was able to get the controller to connect to the Xbox, meaning that the console was nearby. The game was afoot and Ketsenburg used the LEDs on the controller (which flash when the controller is out of range) to narrow the floor that the console was on down to the fifth floor of the multi-story dorm and finally to a specific room on the floor.

According to reports, the student then contacted the advisor living on the floor of the theft. The advisor searched the room and found the console. Ketsenburg was able to prove that the console was his when the wireless controller turned the Xbox on. He recovered his console, but found that the thief had reformatted the hard drive and that all of the saved games were gone.

Ketsenburg says that he is prosecuting the thief to the fullest extent of the law.

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What punishment?
By Trikat on 12/15/2008 11:51:42 AM , Rating: 5
I wonder what kind of punishment the thief will get from the University... I say they should kick him/her out of school due to trespassing and the theft.

RE: What punishment?
By ebakke on 12/15/2008 12:05:42 PM , Rating: 5
If it's anything like the University of Minnesota, the thief will get a slap on the wrist and life will go on as usual. But the adviser never would've been able to search the room in the first place, so....

RE: What punishment?
By mherlund on 12/15/2008 12:16:15 PM , Rating: 5
Maybe the adviser would turn it over to UMPD and they turn it over to MPD and they send these guys

After all, you don't mess with someones game console.

RE: What punishment?
By ebakke on 12/15/2008 12:49:52 PM , Rating: 3
Your link... :-O

MPD gets accused of crap all the time. Makes me glad I don't live there.

And UMPD...Housing and Res Life does everything possible to keep UMPD out of its buildings.

RE: What punishment?
By Cypherdude1 on 12/17/2008 11:53:12 PM , Rating: 2
If the matter goes to the criminal courts and the police, it depends on the value of the item(s) stolen. Typically, if the value of the item is valued at approximately more than $600, it would be a felony. If the value is less then about $600, then it's a misdemeanor. However, there's also the matter of entering the room, which could be a felony. Perhaps a lawyer could clarify this issue.

The university should really expel the offending student. However, they may wait until a guilty verdict is found against him.
I wonder what kind of punishment the thief will get from the University

RE: What punishment?
By Aether on 12/15/2008 1:54:22 PM , Rating: 2
But the adviser never would've been able to search the room in the first place, so....

Most schools have a policy that they can search your room for any reason. The student agrees to it when they decide to live in the dorms. The police would search all the rooms at least once a semester with a drug dog when I was in college.

RE: What punishment?
By ebakke on 12/15/2008 2:17:29 PM , Rating: 3
Your college experience was vastly different from mine.

RE: What punishment?
By plowak on 12/15/2008 6:44:53 PM , Rating: 2
When I went to college we didn't have a drug problem...oh, wait a minute, that was before Timothy Leary visited our campus. Guess the rest is history.

RE: What punishment?
By Samus on 12/15/2008 6:49:36 PM , Rating: 2
At SIU Carbondale (Illinois) the op could search any room at any time for any reason. They didn't really care about pot, and thats the only illegal thing most people had, so life goes on...

RE: What punishment?
By computergeek485 on 12/15/2008 10:31:58 PM , Rating: 2
Most schools have a policy that they can search your room for any reason.

I dont know about most schools but the RA can com into your room and look around but can not open desk drawers or closets, if anything illegal is in plain sight then you can get in trouble otherwise your all set, at my college

RE: What punishment?
By afkrotch on 12/16/2008 9:49:06 AM , Rating: 2
Military dorms are the same way. They can go in your room, but they cannot go through your drawers or closets. A person has the right to some privacy.

Also there will always be 2 ppl, if they do go in. Meant to keep one person from stealing anything. Keep an honest man honest kind of thing.

RE: What punishment?
By bob4432 on 12/17/2008 10:38:27 AM , Rating: 1
that is prety f*cked up. i think ASU was or is trying to make it mandatory for all incoming freshman to live on campus in the dorms, and if they have a "policy" like this, man, i guess they are just getting people to be compliant w/ illegal search.

so you go to a big university, and are expected to think outside the box and "live" and further yourself all while the school itself tramples your 4th amendment. f*cking great.....

RE: What punishment?
By Dreifort on 12/15/08, Rating: -1
RE: What punishment?
By Spivonious on 12/15/2008 12:21:09 PM , Rating: 5
I imagine he's already kicked out of the dorms since I imagine he violated the boarding contract when he entered someone else's room. Whether or not he was expelled or not is up to the school.

As far the criminal case, he would be accused of larceny, which in most cases is just a fine, but can carry up to a year of jail time.

RE: What punishment?
By omnicronx on 12/15/2008 12:28:36 PM , Rating: 2
As far the criminal case, he would be accused of larceny, which in most cases is just a fine, but can carry up to a year of jail time.
I really doubt that. If the accused had access to the room (i.e one of the tenants let him in) and then he proceeded to steal something, that would be larceny, in this case he was also trespassing (it does not matter that they left the door unlocked). Residences take these cases seriously and will make an example of someone caught stealing.

RE: What punishment?
By ebakke on 12/15/2008 12:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
I should've gone to your school.

RE: What punishment?
By Spivonious on 12/15/2008 2:23:37 PM , Rating: 2
Very true; larceny doesn't cover the trespassing.

Perhaps a better charge would be burglary?

RE: What punishment?
By timmiser on 12/17/2008 4:29:47 AM , Rating: 2
Probably would face a charge of possesion of stolen property. Burglary would be hard to prove without a witness or other proof.

RE: What punishment?
By phxfreddy on 12/16/08, Rating: 0
Nice work!
By MonkeyPaw on 12/15/2008 11:17:36 AM , Rating: 5
As someone who's been robbed in the dorm (they took my jeans!), I must commend this guy's efforts. Thieves suck--some more than others.

RE: Nice work!
By bldckstark on 12/15/2008 12:34:44 PM , Rating: 5
Did you walk around with your "controller" hanging out to try to find them?

RE: Nice work!
By joeindian1551 on 12/15/2008 12:53:02 PM , Rating: 5
I think in that case if your "controller" gets blinking green lights it would be a bad thing

RE: Nice work!
By kontorotsui on 12/15/2008 2:45:28 PM , Rating: 4
I think in that case if your "controller" gets blinking green lights it would be a bad thing

Yeah, means you're a Borg.

RE: Nice work!
By bodar on 12/15/2008 5:38:41 PM , Rating: 5
Gives new meaning to "e-peen"?

RE: Nice work!
By samoak54 on 12/15/2008 7:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
live long and prosper

By ss284 on 12/15/2008 11:24:05 AM , Rating: 5
Hopefully the thief learns his lesson and next time remembers to steal the controllers as well.

RE: stupidity
By michal1980 on 12/15/08, Rating: -1
RE: stupidity
By SavagePotato on 12/15/2008 12:00:18 PM , Rating: 5
Ironic that the title of the original post fits this one so perfectly.

RE: stupidity
By timmiser on 12/17/2008 4:32:27 AM , Rating: 3
That deserves a 6!

RE: stupidity
By Bryf50 on 12/15/2008 12:21:10 PM , Rating: 5

RE: stupidity
By Enoch2001 on 12/15/2008 2:01:56 PM , Rating: 3
I dont know why people at DT are made, he was just made at the M$ DRM that made games only play on the 360. So instead of paying for 'crappy' games, he just a console and some games. That will show evil M$ to make games that only play on the 360.

You sir, are an idiot.

RE: stupidity
By Shuswapper on 12/16/2008 9:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
And you sir, are a master of understatement. ;-)

RE: stupidity
By Xietsu on 12/17/2008 8:38:57 PM , Rating: 1
Do either of you somehow think it any less idiotic to partake in mockery for weak willed, immediate gratification as so many come here to do? It is so that people will choose vain, self-serving, snide satisfaction over even the most petty of things as all are let succumb to a nature both vile and dumb. What isn't of idiocy, however, is strength enough to realize the petty perversion of all those who get absorbed by such temptation in true ubiquity.

Easy to find
By WiiKnee on 12/15/2008 1:37:39 PM , Rating: 5
I bet his Xbox was pretty easy to find. Once he got close enough to turn it on with his controller, it is likely that he heard it from at least two floors away :)

RE: Easy to find
By xsilver on 12/15/2008 4:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
funny that no one has mentioned that the xbox must have been plugged into the wall for all this to have taken place?

RE: Easy to find
By bodar on 12/15/2008 5:50:20 PM , Rating: 3
How else was the X-bandit supposed to play it?

RE: Easy to find
By foolsgambit11 on 12/15/2008 8:59:02 PM , Rating: 2
So... he had controllers already, but no xBox, and decided to go steal himself one?

RE: Easy to find
By JonnyDough on 12/15/2008 9:47:06 PM , Rating: 2
He probably got the RROD and wanted a Falcon version, but didn't feel like paying for it. Maybe he can get out a sentence by blaming the economy and saying he has a video game addiction.

Game Data
By acer905 on 12/15/2008 10:58:01 AM , Rating: 2
I lost a memory card for my PSx once... it was one of the most depressing days in my life...

RE: Game Data
By Dreifort on 12/15/2008 11:16:22 AM , Rating: 2
I know what you mean. I had almost killed all the deadites with my boomstick when I accidently erased my saved Evil Dead game to make room for a new Tiger Woods 08 created golfer. Man, I was soooo pissed.

RE: Game Data
By AlvinCool on 12/15/08, Rating: -1
RE: Game Data
By acer905 on 12/15/2008 11:28:07 AM , Rating: 2
I was 12

RE: Game Data
By darkpaw on 12/15/2008 12:52:44 PM , Rating: 2
Been there before. In college my roommate threw a party and one of his friends made off with my mem card and some of my games. I was quite upset at losing my FF VII saved games, after the amount of time I put into it, among others. I wouldn't rank it as most depressing, but damn it sucked.

RE: Game Data
By JonnyDough on 12/15/2008 10:33:20 PM , Rating: 2
I had the Legend of Zelda all but beat for the NES. I was on the back 9, the last dungeon. I stuck a game genie in and typed in a made up code to see if something cool would happen. It did. It erased my saves.

RE: Game Data
By sleepeeg3 on 12/19/2008 9:16:02 AM , Rating: 2
Punishment for cheating!

Note to Self...
By SRoode on 12/15/2008 8:55:59 PM , Rating: 4
1) Steal controller instead
2) Use controller to "find" XBox360 (with RA present)
3) Get free XBox360
4) GOTO 1

Not condoning what was done (it's despicable)...

Correct me if I'm wrong
By eomhS on 12/15/08, Rating: 0
RE: Correct me if I'm wrong
By Synastar on 12/15/2008 11:00:02 PM , Rating: 2
As others have mentioned, no, they don't. They have to be paired up with that console before they will do that.

RE: Correct me if I'm wrong
By tuhaggis on 12/15/2008 11:08:16 PM , Rating: 2
My brother and I both have 360's and we share Guitar Hero. When the other person wants to play it though we have to sync the guitars to the other xbox. I don't know how unique each sync is, but i would imagine it's a bit like the remote function of your car keys.. You couldn't just walk into a dealership and unlock a bunch of them.

By overlandpark4me on 12/15/2008 11:36:47 PM , Rating: 2
a child molester in Massachusetts. No Xbox house arrest for this guy.

By LLamma on 12/16/08, Rating: 0
RE: Hmmmmm.....
By FredEx on 12/16/2008 2:10:52 AM , Rating: 2
My two oldest nephews, 12 and 14, started an Xbox club and they and some friends get together to play against each other at the nephew's house. The basement is all theirs. Being in computer electronics and electrical control systems for 35 years I wired the place for them so they can plug in many Xboxes and monitors and not burn the house down. They all use wireless now. They don't interfere with each other, due to needing to sync their own controller with their own Xbox. If what you say is true, that could not happen. Think of multiple controllers on the same Xbox.

Took the following from a wireless controller manufactuer's site:

We get this question a lot - "I took my wireless controller over to my friends house and it didn't work? How do I get my Xbox controller to work on another XBox?" As described above, you need to synch the game console with the controllers, and a controller can only work with one game system at a time. To move a controller from one Xbox to another, you need to go through the connect process each time you move to a new XBox (turn on, push connect button on XBox, push connect button on controller -- repeat process when you take controller back to your original Xbox).

Doesnt sound right
By TOAOCyrus on 12/15/08, Rating: -1
RE: Doesnt sound right
By Curelom on 12/15/2008 11:40:03 AM , Rating: 3
A controller will only turn on a 360 if they have already been synced.

RE: Doesnt sound right
By omnicronx on 12/15/2008 12:22:46 PM , Rating: 4
Which requires that you press a button on the controller and the console. Its not possible to sync to the console without having access to it.

RE: Doesnt sound right
By TimberJon on 12/15/08, Rating: 0
RE: Doesnt sound right
By h0kiez on 12/15/2008 11:44:06 AM , Rating: 3
The controller would turn on, but only show a light in one of the quadrants for the box that it was synced to. The only way it would have turned on the console in question is if it were his, or if he had snuck into this guy's room and paired it. Presumably he did not know this guy and had never been in his room. Sounds like a pretty compelling argument to me.

RE: Doesnt sound right
By DigitalFreak on 12/15/2008 11:45:39 AM , Rating: 2
Like Curelom said, a controller will only turn on a 360 if it has been sync'd to that particular unit.

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