Dutch teen steals nearly $6,000 worth of virtual furniture

A 17-year-old was pinched for burglary in the Netherlands after allegedly walking off with $5,900 worth of virtual furniture from Habbo Hotel, an online world like Second Life. Apparently jealous of other patrons' decor, the suspect swiped their keys, stole the furnishings and stashed them in his own room and the suites held by five accomplices. He will be charged with burglary and hacking. We can understand getting charged with one crime or the other, but not both. Either he stole something of actual value, or he broke into a computer system to rearrange bits of code. The operators of virtual worlds can't have it both ways.