Stolen game code from PAX East reportedly worth "millions."
According to police reports obtained by IGN, Police at the Hynes Convention Center were notified by event security personnel on Sunday, March 28 that several facility staff members were detaining May for alleged theft. May admitted to downloading the game code without permission and was placed under arrest while his Dell laptop computer was seized by police, according to the report.
"May posted $200 cash bail at the Boston Police station following his arrest and was ordered to appear for arraignment in the Boston Municipal Court this morning," Suffolk County District Attorney press secretary Jake Wark told IGN. "He did not appear and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest."
The charges sought by Boston Police are larceny over $250 and receiving stolen trade secrets. Both carry maximum prison terms of five years, though there is no minimum, according to Wark.
David Tractenberg, an Atomic Games spokesperson, told IGN that May was only able to obtain about 14MB worth of game data before fleeing. According to Tractenberg, May had managed to hook up a laptop directly into the company's network to obtain access.
The police report places the value of the code at $6 million dollars, but Tractenberg said the company has not figured out the exact cost, only saying it's worth "millions of dollars."
"He didn't get very much, and we're lucky because the code he was going for was just under 2 gigs," explained Tractenberg. "It's something he could have gotten very quickly, but we're very vigilant around our booth."
Tractenberg said May was caught downloading the Breach code after only a couple minutes. He fled the scene shortly thereafter. "We confronted him within two minutes, and he sprinted off," he added. "But before he could do anything with the information, we were able to find him in that crowd and relieve him of his laptop and get him arrested."
Tractenberg said that despite May being able to access game data at the event, he doesn't see any major flaws in their security system.
"I've never heard of something like this happening before. I was more worried about somebody running away with one of our Xbox 360 test kits," he said. "I've been at about 200 events and this is the first time something like this has happened."