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Brazilian blaggers in brazen Samsung heist

Drove off with $36 million worth of Samsung kit
Tue Jul 08 2014, 10:56
Robbers have hit Samsung

THIEVES have made off with some $36m worth of Samsung phones and computers from a factory in Brazil.

While some people in Brazil have turned their attention in the direction of 22 men and a small ball, this group had a different kind of display in mind. One that is touch sensitive.

Reuters reports that the blaggers hit a factory in San Paolo in a dramatic heist that saw the robbing team take over a staff bus and spend four hours making merry.

The news agency reports that some 40,000 pieces of kit were taken, and that they were taken away in fully loaded trucks.

Samsung's Brazilian company said that the value of the pilfered property isn't too high, but it is rather keen on avoiding a repeat performance.

"We have cooperated fully with the police investigation that is underway and will do our best to avoid any sort of repeat incident," said Samsung Eletronica da Amazonia in a statement to Reuters.

The team of robbers, which from the sounds of it was about 20 in number, took some 100 workers hostage, according to the firm, and Reuters reports that local news reports picture suspects in dark clothing with their faces covered. This, as well as the fact that they got away with so much gear, suggests that it was a professional operation.

Once the first group were inside the factory, and the workers corralled, a second team driving hardware removal trucks was let into the premises.

Last year Samsung offices were raided by Korean law enforcement as part of an investigation into display technology theft from LG Electronics. µ


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