It would been even easier to trace...
...if it had been a wired controller....
Xbox 360 theft is a terrible thing for gaming addicts. So, imagine one gamer’s jubilation after he managed to track down his stolen console using only its wireless controller. After the robbery, victim Ryan Ketsenburg, a student from Missouri State University in North America, turned on his former Xbox 360’s controller – why …
Firstly why would someone steal it and then happily leave it sitting in a seemingly unlocked apartment nearby?? (since the implication is that he wandered into said apartment unhindered).
Also why on earth would they wipe it, and more to the point how without the aid of a controller? I'm not aware of a "wipe hard drive" button on the 360.
Fantasy land stuff.
You can format the Xbox 360s Hard Drive, which, in turn, will wipe any data that's on there:
I agree with you though, it seems hard to imagine that he just strolled in to an empty apartment that was unlocked with a 360 just sitting there.
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