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
Italian Police Investigate Burglary of Virtual Home
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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