Teen arrested for virtual theft
November 15th, 2007

According to Ananova , Dutch police have arrested a teenager who stole £2,500 worth of virtual furniture from an online hotel.

Authorities said in what was the first case of its kind the 17-year-old was arrested after playing Habbo Hotel – an international game and online community with an estimated seven million members.

The game, which has individual communities in 31 countries and a yearly turnover of £3 million, allows players to create virtual characters, or Habbos. These characters can take their own rooms in the hotel, which they can then decorate with their own furniture.

The furniture is purchased with special Habbo credits but the credits are paid for with real money.

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