Stolen Xbox 360 Returned by Moron; Internet Dogs Called Off

robber1-1.jpgFour days. That’s how long it took for the wrath of the internet community to cause a moron to cave and return a stolen Xbox 360 to its rightful owner. You may recall an interesting tale recently where a man named Jesse McPherson returned home to find his house had been burglarized and his TV, laptop, and Xbox 360 had been stolen. Not only that, but then he began receiving harassing voice messages on his new console from a person claiming to be the thief. So he did what anyone familiar with the powers of the internet would do and sent the internet after the thief by posting his story and the kid’s Xbox Live account online. After the story got picked up by Digg, the internet community leapt into action and managed to find out the kid’s real name, address, high school, phone number, AIM name, etc. Then they pretty much began harassing him non-stop over the weekend, leading the kid to hand-deliver the laptop back to its owner.

Well, now this story seems to have reached a somewhat happy conclusion as McPherson has reported that his Xbox has now been returned safe and sound. The kid’s mom dropped the console off on his doorstep wrapped in a white trash bag and then called him to tell him it was there.¬†McPherson also said that the police now have a lead on the actual robber and “seem to be doing their job,” as opposed to before when he pretty much gift-wrapped a lead for them and had the door slammed in his face. But since he’s got his 2/3 of his stuff back, he asked the admin behind the wiki page with all the kid’s personal info to remove all the content; and they seem to have complied. And internet justice has prevailed.

Via McPherson’s Blog¬† [image via Weird Asia News]

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14 Comments on Stolen Xbox 360 Returned by Moron; Internet Dogs Called Off


On March 26, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Do not underestimate the power of the dark….I mean internet.


On March 26, 2008 at 10:33 pm

That’s a feel good story right there. Made my day. GO TEH INTERNETZ!! :cool:


On March 26, 2008 at 11:20 pm

good job to everyone that helped. cheers :lol:


On March 27, 2008 at 7:44 am

This is why i love teh intrawebz! :grin:


On March 27, 2008 at 10:56 am

Where’d you find the picture? Google Images search “Criminal crying with cellphone”?

Interweb Master

On March 27, 2008 at 10:58 am

We here at the Ficticious Authority of the Interwebs applaud the mob justice used to resolve a situation that police officers are too lazy to handle.

Good job internet community, you rock!


On March 28, 2008 at 8:51 am

The information age is a scary place. Series of Tubes FTW!


On April 5, 2008 at 9:25 am

Well isn’t that the feelgood story of the year?
I never imagined the internet community would stretch to such limits, but am glad they did :grin:
The leading “harrassers” should form an internet police :lol:


unhappy 360 previouse owner

On April 29, 2008 at 1:07 am

mine was just stolen along with 3 computers my big screen tv and my grandfathers neclace. i just want my stuff back, they keep going online with my 360 account:


if anyone can do anything help

John Neigel

On November 14, 2009 at 5:09 pm

My xbox 360(elite) was stolen just yesterday. My stupid roomate left our window open and someone took it. I live in navy barracks and always feared this kind of this happening. If I could get this kind of help on the web it would make all the difference. Help please!!!!!!!


On October 20, 2010 at 4:38 am

my sons xbox was taken he has asburgers syndrome autisum in case you did not know it was his world. I live in hazel dell in vancouver washington. his screen name is 0 da dirty o please help us get it back Im a single mom with not alot of money who worked hard to get this one and cant afford a new one nor all the 40 games they stole too. I would love any help PLEASE


On December 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Well the real story is this guy is the theif. because my SONS xbox was stolen and this was his accounts name. This guy managed to fool all of you. Not only that but Im sure that this guys laptop or (notebook) is ours too because it was also stolen by this kid. so……….me as a mother who acually posted this menssage to start with what should i do


On December 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

So to all this guy used my sons xbox live account to get his laptop back But………..he has my sons xbox he is the thief so what to do now???

Gwendolyn Lindsey

On January 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

Can I use the main information from your post over if I give a backlink for your site?