nl: ‘Virtual theft’ leads to arrest

A Dutch teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing virtual furniture from “rooms” in Habbo Hotel, a 3D social networking website.The 17-year-old is accused of stealing 4,000 euros (£2,840) worth of virtual furniture, bought with real money.Five 15-year-olds have also been questioned by police, who were contacted by the website’s owners.The six teenagers are suspected of moving the stolen furniture into their own Habbo rooms. see:nl: Police arrest teenager over virtual theft
Police in the Netherlands have arrested a teenager suspected of stealing virtual objects inside a popular social networking site, it has emerged.The 17-year-old, who has not been named, is alleged to have tricked players of 3D cartoon world Habbo Hotel before removing a number of virtual items they had bought. It is believed to be the first time European officers have arrested someone for stealing virtual property.

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