A man was arrested in New York on charges of kidnapping and stealing his victim’s wallet. According to the Manhattan police station, the felon would have entered the victim’s apartment, gained access to his virtual coin wallet, and then transferred a total of $ 1.8 million in ether (the cryptomete from the Ethereum network) to his own. virtual wallet
Louis Meza, the alleged assailant, scheduled a meeting with his victim – who was someone he knew – on November 4. After the meeting, he would have insisted on calling a car for the victim. Shortly after entering the car, the victim was approached by a man who was hiding inside. This man demanded that he deliver his cell phone, wallet, and house keys.
Then the man would have given the keys to Meza, who used them to enter his victim’s apartment. Security circuit images showed the accused entering the apartment and then leaving with a box believed to contain the victim’s wallet. Other records indicate that Meza, shortly thereafter, would have transferred the value in ether to his own virtual wallet.
In addition to being accused of kidnapping, robbery and criminal use of a firearm, Meza is also being charged with criminal possession of stolen property and computer invasion, according to Engadget. It is, as the site suggests, a very peculiar crime, with both virtual and physical aspects.
As the delegate himself notes, however, crimes of this type must become “increasingly common as the values of crypto-coins continue to rise.” “Hackers, data leaks and fraud are not the only threats to an individual’s wealth,” said Deputy Cyrus Vance Jr. “This case demonstrates the ever-widening intersection of cybercrimes and violent crime,” he concluded.