Desperate Dad Robs GameStop Store In Huntington Beach

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBS) — Huntington Beach Police Tuesday searched for a desperate dad, who apparently turned to robbery to feed his kids.

The man robbed a GameStop store, telling the clerk that he was sorry, but that he needed money so his kids could eat.

The robbery took place on October 13.

Security photos depicted the man waiting until other customers left, and then handing over a piece of paper with a demand for $3,000.

The man then escaped with the cash.

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    WoW! Must be a busy day for Gamestop to have $3,000 cash in their cash register..

    Inside Job? How he knew Gamestop had that much Cash on hand?

    • Tarrop

      Gamestops are hauling in the cash with the new big releases; my nephew works at one, and made a deposit of over 20,000. the other night. This was at a store in a small town, not a city

      • Marlo Franson

        so it’s best to rob the store on new release dates. not.

      • NC Boy

        $20,000 in a day is $33 per minute (and that’s allowing a 10 hour day). That’s a small town that likes their games – or you are exaggerating.

      • Jackie

        Your nephew is an idiot and you are a bigger idiot for believing him.

        Thanks for playing!

      • Mr T. A. Pon

        You are very bitter, That time of the month Jackie?

    • Lol

      3 things you have forgotten

      1) Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
      2) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
      3) Battlefield 3

      They all came out this month and all have very large fan bases. I’m surprised the guy didn’t get more.

      • Jackie

        Yes. He robbed the store on October 13th so he could get all the money from the sales of three games that didn’t come until November (well, technically B3 came out on October 25).

        Reading is fundamental!

        Thanks for playing!

    • CB

      Where does it say how much cash he actually got?

      Perhaps reading isn’t your strong suit?

      • Dawg57

        CB, reread the last line. “The man then escaped with the cash.” The way the story is written I believe the man did indeed get the cash he had demanded.

      • Chris

        “handing over a piece of paper with a demand for $3,000.

        The man then escaped with the cash.”

        If you paid attention in English class, you would know that this is inferring that he got all the cash.

      • Chris is dumb

        Chris it is implied… Inferences are what you make… Nice try

    • Adolfo

      ILLEGALS (ignorant) Where in the article does it state he got the amount he demanded? If they only had $ 100.00, $500.00, $700.00, etc. you think he would of said “ok, get the rest I will be back tomorrow”… Don’t be so naive there Sir/Ma’am. And change your name you ignorant f*u*c*k

    • Masons


  • Bill Mason

    I don’t think the DA is going to have too much luck in finding this guy. If his story is true, then even if they do catch him, his sentence would be minimal. this search is a waste of taxpayers resources.

    • Me

      So now we don’t prosecute robbery? Really? There are food banks to help him. He doesn’t get to rob stores. I’m a taxpayer and I think getting him behind bars would be a fine use of my resources.

      • rich

        no jury would convict him of this if his story is true and if he is a first timer even the DA would not be likely to deal with it. i for one would pat this man on the sholder and personally pay his legal fees if he did go to trial. yes it was extreem but if his goal was to feed his kids then i applaud him

      • Jim Hinds

        Yup, let’s tell Javert about this Jean Vanjean guy, and put him away for good.

      • Bill Mason

        The real criminals are in elected office. Don’t see anyone real froggy to prosecute them. The food banks are much more likely to help the poor illegal immigrant than the middle aged white guy trying to feed his kids… The reason we have problems in this country is because people refuse to use common sense and see reality for what it is. When justice is blind, justice works. Otherwise its just the strong arm of those in charge at the time…

      • Me too

        I agree. However, if he and his family are homeless and he tries to collect benefits, CPS may take his kids and put them in foster care. This has happened in the past and is happening now. Though the $3,0000 figure is interesting. How did he come up with that number?

      • thussaiththewalrus

        Bill Mason: You really have NOT done your homework. When you look at the: cops, teachers, health workers, administrators, treasurers, bookkeepers, doctors, lawyers, elected Representatives, Senators, and Judges who have been imprisoned, the list is LONG!!!!

        Most civil servants and elected officials do GREAT work, the bad guys are targeted, investigated, and, if convicted, GO TO PRISON!!!!!

      • American Patriot

        If he is a God-fearing, white, heterosexual, Republican Christian, he must go free!!!
        If he is a non-white, hang him high!

      • Becky

        Food banks only help out so much and it depends on if they have enough in stock. Have to remember that food banks have been suffering right now as well and you can only go to some of them twice a month. Not saying that I am for what he did, just pointing something out. I could never rob someone to feed my family, the risk is too great, but people do crazy things when they are desperate.

      • Skeeve

        Indeed. The robber is also a liar. With the equivalent of the entire nation of Spain within our borders on Food Stamps, I think this man could have managed to qualify.

    • Rozzikin

      I have added the cnmemot icon, but when I click on it, it goes to all of the cnmemots. How do I cnmemot to individuals?I am a teacher trying to respond to my students.

    • Jessica

      Yay!!! I don’t know how I didn’t see this eialrer! Add a box of Annie’s Organic Mac & Cheese for me!

  • billy

    3 grand? What do his kids eat?

    • NY9Solyndra

      Maybe he didn’t want to have to go back every day.

    • thussaiththewalrus

      Due to the positive influence of FLOTUS, he is preparing himself to teach his children that they are to learn to savor and enjoy and expect “STEAK AND RADICCHIO.”

      Hopefully, he will not teach them FLOTUS’ greed for vodka, wine, lobster, shrimp, ice cream, and living on everyone else’s nickel!

    • CMC55

      I believe that 3000.00 and under would not be considered a Federal offense.

  • charlie

    You know, it’s okay to chop off the occasional hand of thieves/robbers… sends a clear message to anyone else who might be considering breaking the law.

    • Charles Ray

      Your ignorance is stunning but, sadly, not surprising.

      • sdfas

        gee Charles your stupidity far excedes his “ignorance” or maybe you are just too stupid to understand what the word ignorance means?

      • jasperddbgghost

        Charles your wrist should be easy to chop off.

        It’s a limp-wrist.

    • Abbey

      You are RIGHT! He wasn’t stealing for his kids. He was stealing for himself. There’s a free meal on every corner and in all the schools.

    • krisboro

      LOL and you are probably one of the knuckle dragging goons that think those damn dirty muslims are so wrong for doing that in their own country.

      How does it feel to be able to carry 2 totally contradictory thoughts in ones head and see nothing wrong with it whatsoever?

      • gsggdsf

        how does it feel to be asinine enough to project your own thoughts on someone else and then try and lambaste them for it? You retar d

      • jasperddbgghost

        That’s like defending those damn dirty Muslims for throwing gays off buildings for being gay. How does it feel to defend them when they kill your gay friends?

        That’s right salad-tosser, hush-mode…..


    • Steven Goodwin

      I think you missed it by about 8000 miles…… this isn’t the Middle East…!

  • JOe Dutra

    100% pure unmitigated bologna.

  • Brandon

    Don’t steal…..the Government hates competition

    • CMC55

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. Absolutely correct.

  • Carl Curmudgeon

    You must believe all criminals.

    Their characters are such that they tell the truth 100% of the time.

    • Marlo Franson

      that sir is a lie

  • Bob Forsberg

    If enough people do this illegal act in the name of feeding their kids, maybe there will be an amnesty bill introduced to pardon the thieves?

    • Scott

      hahaha. Solid gold comment.

  • John

    Ever hear of a thing called fishing? It is relatively free. How about gardening? Also darn right close to free.

    • American Patriot

      How about irradiating your testicles?

      • Atom&Yves

        Wouldn’t that make your cheeks glow?. Statement and question

  • Malcom

    1.maybe if we stop GIVING AWAY 50 BILLION DOLLARS TO 192 COUNTRIES every year in foreign welfare (aid) we could help our own citizens.. No More foreign aid to ANY country that wont send troops to fight the muslims in Afghanistan at the very least.2. Cut the benefits of Congress who many are millionaires. 3. NO funding for any illegals and deport them immediately with their children. 4. all prisoners in the state and federal penitentaries must grow their own food and must some how generate their own electricity. BILLIONS SAVED whats next?

    • len
      • Shubham

        ♥*~$h@Rp!E~*♥ Posted on umm maybe like jazzy or J.J as the names and + vmpeiras are real people with health disorders and they kinda don’t drink blood but they do use donations and stuff to keep living ok well i hope that helped.

    • glad2liveinLV

      Go Malcom….I hate it when someone comes up with a good idea…………

    • Canof Sand

      So… you want to cut the spending that’s destroying the country so you can turn right around and increase spending in another area? An area that we’re already spending inordinate amounts in anyway? An area that turns citizens into government-dependents, sucking of the teat of the nanny state? Government-dependents who will obviously vote liek the zombies they are for more politician leeches and bigger government, feeding the vicious cycle?

      Shut up.

  • btcoates

    Let me guess, the guy doesn’t have any friends, isn’t religious or hasn’t ever heard of a food bank/soup kitchen. But I would bet that if/when they find him, there is at least 3 cell phones, 2 computers, an HDTV and at least one game system in his house!

  • rikki doxx

    Food stamps? Was he making too much to qualify for food stamps? Even illegals get food stamps.

    • Princess Tyra

      Only the illegals qualify for them..Americans who had paid for it in past taxes arent able to get them.But if you wear a diaper on your head or can mow a lawn in six minutes and have a jalepeno pack of dirty kids, you get all you want.

      • Brian

        Hey Becky –

        Thank you for taking the time to write that thought-provoking response. You and your family will be in my thoughts.


      • Brian

        I can tell how much you love your neighbors and people who are not just like you from this.

      • Becky

        In a way she is right but without all the stereotyping, I know first hand about that one. When my hubby was laid off from work indefinitely, we filed for unemployment and followed all the steps they asked us too. They even helped us sign up for benefits, now before he was laid off we lived paycheck to paycheck. When you go in for this meeting with your potential caseworker they have you bring in all this information including your last 3 or 4 pay stubs.

        The federal government does not allow them to base your income on your net pay, but it is based on your gross pay which is how they calculate whether or not you qualify. Even though my husband was only getting $300 a week for 4 people on unemployment, they said they could not help us. We were $10 over the limit and not considered poverty level even though he did not have a job. It was all based on what he previously made and they told us we would have to wait and apply again.

        As I was sitting there in the waiting room, I was reading all this so-called useful information about what to do if your in need of their services. There is a section that says if you cannot provide a social security number and your not a U.S. Citizen, you can still get food stamps. How is this fair? We had to bring in Picture ID’s, SS cards, Birth Certificates, Rental Agreement, Utility Bills, Proof of a Car, Proof of any money we had in the bank, Report Cards and Shot Records for the kids, get a paper filled out by someone who could vouch for the members in our household and a few more other things. Illegals that enter this country and ask for help do not even have to show an 1/8 of this information.

        So yes I can understand her frustration, I have been through it and seen it in action. The lady that called us back basically snubbed us, told my kids to sit quietly before they even made any noise ( they were 8 and 16) and talked down to us. Before she called us in, she called in a Hispanic family and she gave them a warm greeting, shook their hands, smiled at the kids and held the door open for them. So maybe Princess Tyra went a little overboard in her stereotypes but blame it first on the people who instill these stereotypes.

      • Bandit

        Brian, I can tell you don’t remember that not so long ago, our country wasn’t attempting to play host to the third world. Diversity is not a source of strength, no matter how many times the government-funded PSAs tell us it is. Try emigrating to Australia or nearly any other country in the world. You must bring with you a job skill that is needed and be able to support yourself. In Mexico, you may not become a resident if you will disrupt the national demographics. Indeed, if we adopted the Mexican immigration policies wholesale, we’d be worlds better off than we are under the insane scheme we currently have.





    • James

      The store owner is a billion dollar company.

      Gamestops are not franchise operations.

      • Donkeys Stink

        so what… the company still has to make up the loss… or is this just the grand plan to push the OWS agenda?

        Nov 2012 cometh

      • BOHICA

        Oh, so it’s ok to steal from a big corp. but not a little guy? Or are you just making an informative statement?

      • Becky

        Gamestops may be a billion dollar company but they can still be franchised. There are some in our are that are franchises and a friend of mine works for one. That is why not all Gamestops carry the same new inventory as others except for some of new releases that people pay in advance for. That is the same for fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Taco Bell.

      • Jackie

        Dear Becky,

        ALL GameStop’s are owned by the company. Let me repeat this..ALL GAMESTOP’S ARE OWNED BY THE COMPANY.

        If you care to refute this, don’t bother. I once worked in the higher offices of GS.

        Thanks for playing though!

    • Marlo Franson

      store owner has insurance or should, he gets his money back, but will probable have to improve on the camera to prevent robbery again.

      • I DO work for food

        So, the insurance company pays out. The store owner’s rates go up. In other words, his cost still goes up. This robbery wasn’t “free” money. When will people learn that everything has a cost to somebody?

    • Riihie

      Here Here !!!! Where is a one way ticket to the slammer?

    • pitter43

      And cemeteries.

  • Enemyof Theobamastate

    We’re only going to see more of this as the economy implodes. Thanks democrats!

  • J.j. Erler

    If the guy went to get help in the form of food stamps, WIC, his local churches, charities and food banks and ALL of them told him they weren’t going to feed his kid, then maybe the guy gets some consideration — but I find it hard to believe a community with a Gamestop is not large enough to have these resources. How are people too proud to get help from resources available or their own families and friends (shocking idea) — but not too proud to rob someone with a violence or at least the implied threat of it.

  • MWNewman

    People people people… The guy obviously is an addict and needed to score some more drugs. Any cop or social worker will tell you that is the real story: not some b.s. about feeding fictional kids.

    Lock his as.s up.

  • Beezy

    There is an embarrasment of resources available to struggling families…shelters, churches, kitchens, food stamps, etc. This is not one of them

  • Jim

    Anybody thats poor can get food stamps. The people I know that have food stamps are able to spend more on food than I do. What a crock!

  • Al Schork

    I wonder if Pelosi and that other thief O’Bama got their cut..

  • Big Govt Sucks

    He can get a free Obama CellPhone from the federal stimulus money. It comes with free renewable 250 monthly minutes too!

  • Watching

    The clerk went immediately to the electronics store to buy toys with the stolen $

  • JohnRalph

    Obama’s brand of socialism, which is an amalgamation of the Nationalist and Communist varieties despises America.

    Except Islamic America, which is an excellent example of both types since it is a religion that through Sharia Law controls every aspects of one’s life. Virtually enslaving the believer.

    National SOCIALIST German WORKERS Party, referred to in English as the NAZI Party (socialism for the German ‘Teutonic’ Race), In reality though no different than the left’s socialism.

    Like Stalin, for the white Russians, or Pol Pot, for the Khmer Rouge, or Ho Chi Minh, for the Viet Minh, or Mao, for the Han Chinese.

    Socialist Gods that brought death and misery to tens if not hundreds of millions of humans.

    Let us not forget our SOCIALIST God, Mein Lord God Obama, for America’s liberal elite, Muslims, OWS and welfare voters on the dole.

    • Brian

      If you mean socialism and corporate welfare for the likes of Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, I agree.

      But I think your screed is just a pretense for comparing the president, *your* president, to some of the most horrible leaders in recent history.

      And none of that has anything to do with a robbery.

  • Jim Feury

    For all who voted for our current POTUS…hats off to all the change that’s occurred in the last three years

    • Brian

      Thank you. I intend to make the same wise decision next election.

  • crosspatch

    $3000? That’s some grocery bill.

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