There is no doubt that the theft of gadgets including phones, tablets and laptops are on the rise, but the theft of 40,000 devices in one swoop takes the act of device theft to a new level. A report on Reuters dated July 7 reveals that a group of bandits hit a Samsung factory located in Brazil, and the thieves got away with over $36 million worth of equipment.
The police report reads like a Hollywood blockbuster script. The bandits had obviously been preparing for months as their plan went down without a hitch. The thieves were able to hijack a Samsung transit bus that is used to ferry workers to and from the factory, and then once the bandits arrived at the facility in Campinas, Brazil they took 200 workers hostage. The thieves went on to remove all batteries from the hostages cell phones so that the local authorities could not be contacted.
The bandits somehow got away with over 40,000 devices worth an estimated $36 million, but Samsung are claiming the actual value of the devices is lower. There is no way this heist could have taken place without some insider help, and the local authorities believe that multiple people who work for company took part in the theft. The heist was quick, the gang of men knew exactly how to get into a key part of the facility, and they knew exactly where specific items were stored. The devices were then loaded into eight trucks before being driven away.
As of yet none of the thieves have been identified, but Samsung believe that it is just a matter of time until they find out who is responsible. While Samsung stated that they will try harder to stop incidents like this in the future, considerable damage has already been done. The company has seemingly already given up hope of finding the stolen devices, and until they can find out who the corrupt employees are, they fear that production lines could be slowed down.