What can’t a Game Boy do? Well, technically, it can’t help thieves steal cars, but that didn’t stop a gang of British car thieves from using the shell of a Game Boy to disguise an expensive device designed for that very purpose.
The culprits were recently arrested for their crimes, which involved using a device worth roughly £20,000 (about USD$27,000) to bypass modern vehicle security systems and start their engines. The device was concealed within a fake Supreme branded Game Boy case, and the thieves were busted after being caught on CCTV stealing a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
After their arrest, officers found the Game Boy-concealed device inside a hidden compartment of the car, and they also found footage of the device being used, commentary included, on one of the thieves’ phones. These aren’t all-in-one devices used for stealing any car out there, so in this case this one would have been tailored for stealing Mitsubishi Outlanders specifically.
One of the thieves, Dylan Armer, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. The other two, Christopher Bowes and Thomas Poulson, each received suspended sentences of 22 months.
You can see the device being used via the BBC’s report below: