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Freddy Woo writes, "A group of us once staggered home so insensible with drink that we failed to notice someone being killed and buried in a shallow grave not more than 50 yards away. A crime unsolved to this day."

Have you witnessed a crime and done bugger all about it? Or are you a have-a-go hero?
Whatever. Tell us about it...

(, Thu 14 Feb 2008, 11:53)
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star wars and robbery
We live in Oakland, California, birthplace of not only MC Hammer and his giant pants, but the drive-by shooting as well. We live in the ghetto, where you know your drug dealers by sight. Still, our neighborhood is filled with families, we've got a kick-ass place and I've never felt nervous about living there.
I'd just come downstairs at the ungodly hour of 10.30 in the morning when, walking through to the kitchen I notice all the cabinet doors open, my purses on the floor and a faint but obvious state of dishevelment about the area. Being the smartie that I am, I phone up my boyfriend at work and ask him what he'd been looking for, why he didn't shut the doors and what he needed from my purse, to which he replied, “Err.... maybe I should come home.” It hadn't occurred to me that we'd actually been robbed. He comes back, looks around the house and we deduce that around $700 in cash has been stolen (we were collecting masses of US state quarters and had random emergency money) plus our PS 2, XBOX, GBAs, DS, PSP, oldschool Lynx... – have I mentioned he's a video game programmer? -- and all the games in the house, including his collection of every game he's done since his first for Lucas when he was 18 (Indiana Jones. woo.).
Mother pusbucket!
He goes back to work, I'm home for the police. I wait a surprisingly short time for one of Oakland's finest, who comes in and comments on the cool space (loft with a full-size trampoline). He takes my details and is basically a total robotic pro – until he turns around. “OH MY GOD!!”. He's seen the Star Wars wall: a 30ft by 7ft display case with -every- classic Star Wars figure, lego and playset you've ever drooled over, which my boyfriend's had since he was a kid. The cool demeanor is gone as the cop literally runs over to point and mumble to himself, '...HOTH ICE PLANET! mom never let me... LEGO MILLENIUM FALCON!! aw man!...'. After about 5, 6 minutes (which is a loooooong time when you're watching a policeman spazz out), I clear my throat and he pulls it together, suggesting we look at 'the criminal's point of entry'. We head downstairs – and he sees the Addams Family pinball machine. Cue another freakout, albeit on a much smaller scale. The doorbell rings: it's the fingerprint guy. The cops are talking technically until the fingerprinter turns around: “OH MY GOD!”. Other cop: “I KNOW!”. Then they BOTH run to the wall and giggle, eyes glazed over remembering the ecstasy that was the original trilogy.
As to the crime itself, apparently it was kids; they'd robbed a place next door as well. The creepy part of it is they were there when I was upstairs asleep. Naked. We guess they made their way up, saw someone was home and ran, since nothing upstairs was touched. Funny thing is, the cops couldn't for the life of them figure why they only took money and machines when they had all of the Star Wars universe at their feet. Kids today, huh?
(, Wed 20 Feb 2008, 4:50, 7 replies)
This made me smile - yeah, kids today are such philistines, eh? ;o)
And I thought living with a full size Dalek was geekish - you guys win!
(, Wed 20 Feb 2008, 8:02, closed)
indiana jones game was it?
(, Wed 20 Feb 2008, 9:02, closed)
Would have been funny to see.
Wish I'd been there.
(, Wed 20 Feb 2008, 9:17, closed)
I demand a photo of this Star Wars wall!

until then, no *clicky*
(, Wed 20 Feb 2008, 12:24, closed)
Can I come over?

Okay, just kidding. Didn't mean to sound creepy or anything, but sounds like you have an awesome place.
(, Wed 20 Feb 2008, 18:39, closed)
we are in new zealand right now
and therefore unable to shoot the wall, but may i interest you in these shots of our harry potter party instead? we moved out the tramploline obviously! downstairs was slytherin, the second floor was gryffindor, ravensclaw was upstairs and hufflepuff outside - for the smokers.
(, Thu 21 Feb 2008, 6:58, closed)
oh PS:
it was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade for the atari and amiga (i think that's how it's spelled). weird thing is i dated a guy (before i met my darling star wars king) who modeled as Indiana for that very game! spooooky!
(, Thu 21 Feb 2008, 7:03, closed)

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