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Kingsport, Tennessee, police say Allen Begley already had bruises and a black eye when he called his mom to tell her he needed money. Earlier

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Joshua Seal and Bradley Marshall Arrested for Kidnapping Man, Then Freeing Him for Xbox 360

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Kingsport, Tennessee, police say Allen Begley already had bruises and a black eye when he called his mom to tell her he needed money. Earlier in the day his stepfather, Joshua Seal, and another man, Bradley Marshall, had locked him in a room, accused him of stealing, beat him profusely, and told him to call whomever he could to get money or property of equal value to the $245 worth of rings they said he stole--otherwise he wasn't leaving. What they got wasn't worth anywhere near $245, but to some, it's priceless.

TriCities.com reports this week that after Begley had called his mom asking for money--money she didn't have--she called a neighbor.

He didn't have any money either. What he did have was an Xbox 360.

TriCities:

The neighbor told Seal he didn't have any money, but he had an Xbox 360 that is worth $400 to $500, which he would exchange for Allen Begley. Both sides then met at a convenience store, where they exchanged the video game system for Begley.

Apparently Seal and his cohort are not up on the latest resale values of 6-year-old gaming consoles. Used Xbox 360 consoles routinely go for under $100 on eBay. Even tricked-out new consoles go for under $250.

In short, the neighbor who quoted him "$400 to $500" fed him a line.

In any case, Seal agreed to the deal, met the neighbor who gave him the Xbox, and let loose his hostage.

Unfortunately, Seal and Marshall didn't even have time to go home and kill each other in "Call of Duty: Black Ops," because shortly afterward they were arrested and charged with kidnapping.

 
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