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Man Calls Ahead Before Robbing GameStop

If you’re going to rob a store, at least have the courtesy to call ahead. That’s what one man in Tennessee did last week after taking about $1300 worth of items (including $600 from the cash register) from a local GameStop.

Before the store opened Wednesday morning, the man phoned in asking to put an Xbox One, along with "NBA 2K14," "Just Dance 2014" and "Call of Duty: Ghosts," on hold as a gift. According to WSMV-TV in Nashville, the suspect said that he was on the way to work and would need his “gift” ready to pick up as soon as he arrived. As it turns out, “on the way to work” actually meant “on the way to rob your store at gunpoint.”

Surveillance video showed the man circling the parking lot for an hour until the store opened, at which point he barged in brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun and matching skimask. He then grabbed his pre-ordered gifts, money from the cash register, and fled.

“Police here at the Madison Police Precinct will tell you that not much surprises them. But this is odd, even for their standards,” said WSMV-TV reporter Carley Gordon.

The suspect is still on the loose. Police describe him as a black male, 20 to 30 years old, either 5’10” or 5’11,” and between 200 to 250 pounds. No word whether he was inspired by Bart Simpson’s “Bonestorm” shoplifting.