Robbers grab yet-to-be-released 'Call of Duty: Black Ops'

More than 100 copies stolen from Baltimore store

It's the type of story that might smack of publicity stunt were it not for the semiautomatic handguns and terrified customers.

Baltimore police says a pair of gunmen entered a video game store near closing time Saturday night and made off with a haul of cash and merchandise that included more than 100 copies of the much anticipated title "Call of Duty: Black Ops," which does not go on sale until tomorrow.

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From a story in the Baltimore Sun:

The "Black Ops" games stolen Saturday night had been set aside for sale on Tuesday, said Monica Worrell, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Fans across the country have pre-ordered copies to avoid missing out.

" 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' isn't out there 'til Tuesday, so anybody that has it today or tomorrow shouldn't have it," Worrell said Sunday, asking residents to call the sheriff's office if they're offered copies before the release date.

The game retails for about $60.

Meanwhile, would-be car thieves/gaming enthusiasts may be interested to learn that Chrysler has them covered on the "Call of Duty: Black Ops" front, too.

From a Wall Street Journal blog post:

Bolstered by its starring role in the videogame, which comes out Monday night at midnight, Chrysler is shipping a limited edition 2011 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops model to dealers in the real world. The auto maker plans to build between 2,500 and 3,000 of the limited-edition Wranglers, which feature Black Ops graphics on the roof and front quarter panels along with high-gloss mineral gray wheels. The two-door starts at $30,625, while the four-door is $33,500.

Unlike in the videogame, released by Activision Blizzard Inc., the real Jeep won't come with the TV-guided missile launcher.

That's disappointing.

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