It’s not as bad as it sounds. When a Delray Beach, Fla., couple set out to claim their “free” copy of “Grand Theft Auto V,” they didn’t plan on stealing it from a fellow black man, much less a mentally challenged individual. They told the police that their original M.O. was to “catch a cracker,” which they explained is slang for “robbing a white person.” Much better (and fairer) in the grand scheme of things.
The Smoking Gun has the sickening details. The victim, 21-year-old Rohan Dawkins, had been saving for months to purchase a copy of the popular game when it was released. His assailants, 27-year-old Tommy Davis and 25-year-old Adele Jones, had also resolved to acquire a copy, but not by legal means. Instead they cased out a GameStop store, waiting in their car in the parking lot for a pigeon to emerge. The first one that came along just happened to be Dawkins.
After asking Dawkins for the time, Davis, grabbed the bag containing the prize. When Dawkins put up a struggle in an effort to reclaim his rightful property, Jones allegedly kicked and punched him, according to a Delray Beach Police Department report.
In case you’re wondering, Davis and Jones are not gamers, at least in the popular sense. Their plan was to unload the stolen property for a refund, which they attempted to do, without success, at a second GameStop. Investigators believe that the couple subsequently sold the hot game to a third party.
A police report valued the stolen copy of ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ at $150, an indication that Dawkins purchased a GameStop collector’s edition of the game.
Aided by store surveillance footage, Davis and Jones — parents to four children — were arrested yesterday. Dawkins identified both suspects when shown photo lineups.
“I wanted to play the game with my sister and my cousins,” Dawkins said at a police press conference. “I was buying it for my family and me.” Police announced last night that today they will present Dawkins with a donated copy of the game.
Davis was said to be “apologetic” during questioning, explaining that he “stole the property because he needed new tires for his car.” He and Jones were booked into the Palm Beach County jail on felony robbery and dealing in stolen property charges. They remain jailed in lieu of $5000 bond.
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