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Man robbed of new Call of Duty, Black Ops game after midnight launch in Friern Barnet
4:30pm Tuesday 9th November 2010 in News
A GAMER was robbed of two copies of the latest Call of Duty computer game after queuing for most of the night ahead of the release.
The 21-year-old had waited outside the 24-hour Tesco store, in Colney Hatch Lane, Friern Barnet, before the midnight launch of Call of Duty, Black Ops.
He bought two copies of the PlayStation 3 version and was leaving the supermarket at 12.35am when he was approached by three men.
Police said the man knew what was going to happen and tried to get away but he was grabbed and his bag was snatched.
The men are described as black and aged about 20, but did not show any weapons during the robbery.
Thousands of people across the country queued throughout the night to pick up a copy of the latest instalment of the top selling Call of Duty series.
PC Laurie Weston, from the Coppetts Safer Neighbourhoods team, said: "This is a very unfortunate event for the victim, especially considering that he waited for a significant amount of time for the game.
"While in this case the victim did absolutely nothing wrong, it serves as a warning to anyone purchasing such highly sought-after items that others may be interested in them so extra care is needed.
"A lot of young people may be tempted to show things like this off to people at college or school or elsewhere; police would strongly advise against this."
Anyone who has any information about this robbery should call 0300 123 12 12 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 2426980/10.