Police Impersonators Jump Line To Buy 'Grand Theft Auto V'

Sep 18, 2013
Originally published on September 18, 2013 6:06 am
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And today's last word in business is about three guys who could use a lawyer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The wildly popular video game "Grand Theft Auto" released a new installment this week, number five in the series. And three New York men were so eager to get the game; they hatched a scheme that could be one of "Grand Theft Auto's" plots.

According to the New York Post, the men pulled up to the Staten Island mall yesterday in a used police car they bought at auction, complete with lights and a siren. They walked past hundreds of people in line and flashed what looked like a police badge to get into the store.

INSKEEP: The men then purchased the game and attempted to get away. But they must have been nervous because real police pulled them over for running stop signs.

MONTAGNE: The three men were charged with criminal impersonation, which carries up to a year in jail.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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