Italian Police Investigate Burglary of Virtual Home
Thief steals $140 in furnishings from house in Facebook game
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2010 4:00 PM CDT
A user's virtual home in Pet Society, a Facebook game.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Italian police are investigating a bizarre theft: the complete ransacking of a virtual home. A Palermo woman says a digital thief emptied her seven-room home in the Facebook game Pet Society, leaving only her virtual cat behind. The damage? $140 in payments for furniture, paintings, mirrors, and pet outfits, the AFP reports.

"I don’t think it matters that the flat only exists in Facebook," she says. "It is real to me and I have suffered a real loss." The Italian police have responded with a probe into the "illegal and aggravated entry" into her email, a charge that carries between 1 and 5 years in prison, MSNBC reports. Read more on the virtual theft here.

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Oct 29, 2010 3:26 PM CDT
She probably let the cat out for the night.
Oct 28, 2010 4:29 AM CDT
Well that wont get you a husband will it miss?
Oct 28, 2010 1:45 AM CDT
According to highly placed police sources in Palermo, the investigation centers on a key question: where was virtual Amanda Knox at the time? If, the sources say, she isn't able to present a virtually air tight alibi, she's virtually certain to be handed a Second Life sentence.