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Attempted Wii Caper

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"To truly understand how Wii revolutionizes gaming, you have to try it yourself. Quite simply, Wii is for everyone ..."

So say the folks at Nintendo, the creators of the gaming system that has swept the world.

Three Boiseans took that marketing pitch a little too literally during a visit to a major retail outlet near Cole Road and I-84 on Oct. 8. That's when store employees called the Boise Police Department's Organized Retail Crime Unit to report what appeared to be a burglary in progress.

Witnesses told officers the suspects--a 26-year-old Boise man, a 27-year-old Boise man and a 50-year-old Boise woman--were observed trying to conceal several of the $200 game consoles in an empty baby stroller.

But, according to witnesses, the trio got nervous. They aborted the heist, emptying the stroller before leaving the store one by one.

By then, it was too late. Cops followed the two male suspects as they left the area on foot. Their moll, at the wheel of their getaway car, picked them up about a half-mile away.

And the cops swooped in for the arrests, though nothing had actually left the store. The charges: attempted burglary, a felony.