GameStop Clerk Shot in Armed Robbery
An unfortunate Orange County, Florida GameStop employee was shot in the leg during an armed robbery minutes after he opened the doors. The gunman walked in minutes after the store opening and held the clerk and another customer in the store as he waited for the security timer on the safe to expire.
After spending more than 10 minutes in the store the robber also took a Wii system and a number of games. When the safe opened the robber shot the employee, who had been in complete cooperation with the robber, in the leg and took off.
“From what we know so far, there doesn’t appear to be a struggle and it’s preliminary, but it looks like the suspect got what he wanted and had no reason to shoot, but he did anyway,” said Lt. Eddie Appleby, Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
According to police, the suspect is described as an older black male with a mustache, wearing a dark sweater, baggy jeans and a dark Nike baseball hat, weighing between 220 pounds and 250 pounds. This suspect may also be related to another robbery at the store after Thanksgiving.
This news comes on the heels of an FBI crime study last week finding that there has been a 285% rise in game console theft in the last three years with 42,615 cases in 2009 (up from 11,074 in 2007).