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January 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Kidnapping ransom: An Xbox 360

You know times are tough when kidnappers will take a used Xbox.

That’s what allegedly happened Sunday in Kingsport, Tenn., according to a police report posted by The Smoking Gun.

The report said a man kidnapped a 21-year-old employee who he believed had stolen rings from a job site, jeopardizing the man’s business.

The initial demand was for $245 to cover the rings, but the 21-year-old didn’t have the money and was allegedly getting roughed up while in captivity.

The captive’s mother didn’t have the money either, but her fiance “said he had an Xbox 360 that is worth $400 to $500,” the police report states. The kidnapper accepted the deal, and traded the 21-year-old for the console at a Zoomerz convenience store.

There’s not much information about the kidnapping victim, but that must be a pretty special Xbox. The top of the line 250-gigabyte model with a Kinect controller retails for $400.

The employer was charged with aggravated kidnapping.

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