In what sounds like a perfect urban legend, a robber in Santa Fe, Texas, was scared off by the sounds coming out of Grand Theft Auto.
Back in March, Sandy Wilson was taking care of her three grandsons when a group of men attempted to burglarize her home, pointing a gun at the kids.
The children happened to be playing a video game called Grand Theft Auto at the time. The game has dozens of random police scanner messages, which blare out calls such as “This is the police! You’re surrounded!” Believe it or not, Wilson says the burglars heard that message and thought police were outside the door waiting for them.
This seems a little too perfect for me. Perhaps I am a cynic but it seems quite unlikely that when robbing a house one could be fooled by the sounds coming out of a television set. In fact, it reminds me a lot of the scene in Home Alone: “Hey, I’m going to give you to the count of ten, to get your ugly face out of my property, before I pump your guts full of lead! 1, 2, 10!”
At least it’s evidence that even games like GTA aren’t bad for you.