Lord British Robbed by Idiots

By Chris Remo, Mar 19, 2007 1:33pm PDT
Ultima creator Richard "Lord British" Garriott recently suffered the second break-in in two years to his Austin-area property maintained for special events. Last month, some nine or more trespassers entered Garriott's property, consumed or stole $5,000 worth of alcohol, took pictures of their misdoings--and forgot to take their camera when they left.

Speaking to Shacknews, experts on idiotic crime have projected that, had the camera not been left on the scene of the crime, the photographs in question would have been posted to a blog, a MySpace account or, depending on the age of the perpetrators, a Facebook profile.

Travis County police have released the photographs found on the camera in the hopes that the public can help identify the miscreants.

"We were debating whether we would even report this to police until we discovered the digital camera sitting on the porch of one of the cabins broken into," said Garriott. "We were joking to ourselves about tomorrow morning, when they wake up with a hangover, they're going to wonder where that camera is. This is one of those Darwin-style kind of awards, where people leave the self-incriminating evidence behind at the scene."

Garriott appeared to be less troubled by the February event than he was by his untimely 1997 assassination in the fantasy realm of Britannia.

Individuals with information on the identity of any of those pictured in the released photographs are encouraged to call (512) 472-TIPS. Police are offering rewards of up to $1,000.

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