UPDATE: Professional Thieves Steal 7,000 Wii Us

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UPDATE: Professional Thieves Steal 7,000 Wii Us

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The thieves nabbed the consoles from a warehouse in Seattle, Washington.

Update: Seattle police reported today that they have found two trucks involved in the theft of these Nintendo consoles. Police found the smaller box truck in the nearby municipality of Fife, Washington, with the commercial logos removed, and a semi truck in Auburn with the vehicle identification number covered up and a new company name "S.S. Trans" painted on the sides. But while some of the evidence of the theft was recovered, police are no closer to finding the 7,000 consoles stolen. They are still hot on the chase.

"SeaTac detectives are working with the Los Angeles based Cargo Theft Task Force on the case," said a police spokesperson. "Detectives said that the reward in the case has also been increased to $10,000 thanks to donations from private businesses."

I don't know if 10 grand will make up for the $2.45 million the merchandise is worth, but we'll see if any good Samaritan comes forth with information. Also, the police reports specifically mention the Nintendo "Wii" with no indication of a "Wii U" so it's unclear what the exact value of the theft actually is.

Source: Seattle Pi

Original post: We've heard of a few high-profile heists in the last six months. There were the two walnut robberies committed by an unknown man with a Russian accent, and the Goodfellas-styled pilferage of 3,600 iPad Minis. But neither of those capers will hit the gaming community more than the report today that thieves somehow made off with 7,000 Wii Us from a warehouse at Seatac Airport. According to the police, the crooks drove two diesel semi truck cabs to the warehouse around 9pm Saturday night and backed them up to trailers already at the warehouse. They loaded 64 pallets of boxes containing Wii Us using the forklifts in the facility, and stole an official airport box truck to get the last of their load. The police are stumped, and have turned to the public to learn if they have any tips as to where these consoles might be.

"I've been a cop for 28 years, and I've never seen anything like this," said Sgt. Cindy West. "This has come straight out of the movies."

What's not clear is whether the Wii U stolen were black Deluxe versions, the Basic kit, or a mixture. The Deluxe package retails for $350, so it's possible the thieves made off with $2.45 million worth of merchandise. Police are searching for two white trucks with a trailer marked with the word "McKinney" and a box truck with "Seattle Air Cargo" on the door.

"If we don't get any tips ahead of time, it will be the selling of these consoles that will lead to their capture," she continued. "It's gonna be pretty hard to hide 7,000 Wii game consoles."

In other words, if these consoles start showing up being sold out of the back of a Lincoln in mall parking lots across the country, we might have something to go on. Nintendo might even have some way of tracking these devices, especially if they start trying to access the internet.

There's no word on how this will affect supplies of Wii Us in legitimate retail stores this holiday season. Some the stolen consoles may have been destined to be in the hands of a kid next Tuesday, and that means we'll have 7,000 less videos like this to share this Christmas. That's sad ... I think.

Source: ABC News

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I don't know, there seem to be plenty in my area. My Target even has the black ones. Maybe there will be a rush, but I doubt it.

Greg Tito:
"It's gonna be pretty hard to hide 7,000 Wii game consoles."

*Twitch*

Otherwise, this is just a damn impressive heist, all things considered.

WII U believe that these guys pulled that off without anyone noticing?

btw the big marple syrup heist has been solved:

600 Barrels Of Maple Syrup Seized In Canada After Sticky Heist
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/maple-syrup-seized-canada-heist-600-barrels_n_1942575.html

canadians just got justice for christmas
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Really, just because a group of someones pull off something in a competent manner doesnt make them a professional. A competent job implies that theyve done this before, not that someone has contracted them to do it.

rhizhim:
WII U believe that these guys pulled that off without anyone noticing?

Keep trying, but youre no DVS BSTrD when it comes to punsmanship.

Jesus! If they don't get caught, that's gonna hurt Nintendo, and whoever was about to sell them quite a lot!

zelda2fanboy:
I don't know, there seem to be plenty in my area. My Target even has the black ones. Maybe there will be a rush, but I doubt it.

Really? I feel kind of silly right now. I got mine a couple of days after launch, the white one for $325. Some were in the 600-800 range. If I could have just walked into a damn store and gotten a black for less money than my white, and have Nintendo Land to play...that kinda sucks, I guess.

itchcrotch:
Jesus! If they don't get caught, that's gonna hurt Nintendo, and whoever was about to sell them quite a lot!

Not really, Nintendo already likely sold those consoles to various stores within the area, so they are already paid and done.

The only ones really hurt by this are the stores themselves, who are out on the money paid for said shipments and are now losing them.

cursedseishi:

itchcrotch:
Jesus! If they don't get caught, that's gonna hurt Nintendo, and whoever was about to sell them quite a lot!

Not really, Nintendo already likely sold those consoles to various stores within the area, so they are already paid and done.

The only ones really hurt by this are the stores themselves, who are out on the money paid for said shipments and are now losing them.

fair enough

I hope the Oceans 11 music was playing while this happened.

But actually, as someone that works retail, this really irks me. Such losses affect the low-level employees first. Besides, with Wii U's in-stock and not so highly in demand (for now at least), how are they going to fence them for their market value? I mean, all of my local stores have them in stock and I live in an averaged size town. I mean, they'll profit no matter what, but I'm forced to wonder how much. I readily admit that I'm not well versed on the topic.

cursedseishi:

itchcrotch:
Jesus! If they don't get caught, that's gonna hurt Nintendo, and whoever was about to sell them quite a lot!

Not really, Nintendo already likely sold those consoles to various stores within the area, so they are already paid and done.

The only ones really hurt by this are the stores themselves, who are out on the money paid for said shipments and are now losing them.

I'd assume that Seatac Airport has some sort of insurance that would help them reimburse the owners of the stolen stock.

Greg Tito:
Professional Thieves Steal 7,000 Wii Us

The thieves nabbed the consoles from a warehouse in Seattle, Washington.

Professionals in Seattle, eh?

Okay, what you want to do is get on the net and look up a company by the name of Saeder-Krupp, but don't just contact them all willy-nilly. Find yourself a good decker or just a good connections man to get you in touch with 'Mr. Lofwyr'. Chances are, he can find who we're dealing with and impart the information onto the Renraku boys, who will conveniently 'find' the Wiis in a warehouse somewhere and no trace of the runners thieves anywhere, ever.

I like to imagine they drove the trucks down to the nearest river and just dumped them all in the water. Monitor the sales now, guys!

Usually for a haul like that they will have a buyer lined up already, they might even end up on a container and shipped overseas. They seemed to know exactly what they where after so its not a random "lets nick these" type of theft.

Hmmm....

Walnuts, iPad Minis and Wii Us....

Is it strange that all 3 stolen items can also all be cracked?

I find this to be slightly amusing.

CrazyCapnMorgan:
Hmmm....

Walnuts, iPad Minis and Wii Us....

Is it strange that all 3 stolen items can also all be cracked?

I find this to be slightly amusing.

Nice man!

*looks on eBay for 7,000 cheap WiiU consoles.*

gigastar:
Really, just because a group of someones pull off something in a competent manner doesnt make them a professional. A competent job implies that theyve done this before, not that someone has contracted them to do it.

Professional just means that this is how they make their living, it wasn't a crime of opportunity by some normal joe walking past who saw the door open and decided to do it there and then.

If they've done it before then obviously being thieves is how they make their money, therefore they are professional.

Contracts have nothing to do with it.

sweeet there will be alot of cheap wii u's on ebay this year. lol

Greg Tito:

What's not clear is whether the Wii U stolen were black Deluxe versions, the Basic kit, or a mixture. The Deluxe package retails for $300, so it's possible the thieves made off with $2.1 million worth of merchandise. Police are searching for two white trucks with a trailer marked with the word "McKinney" and a box truck with "Seattle Air Cargo" on the door.

A hem please check your MSRP, and value calc (if obtained from the source it is still wrong) the deluxe version retails for 350 USD which comes out to 2.45 million USD on the upper end, and the 2.1 on the lower end

I have a feeling George Cloonie was involved in this, or at the very least Matt Daemon.

OT: have these people heard of security, or do they just thing that Wii will do it?

gardian06:

Greg Tito:

What's not clear is whether the Wii U stolen were black Deluxe versions, the Basic kit, or a mixture. The Deluxe package retails for $300, so it's possible the thieves made off with $2.1 million worth of merchandise. Police are searching for two white trucks with a trailer marked with the word "McKinney" and a box truck with "Seattle Air Cargo" on the door.

A hem please check your MSRP, and value calc (if obtained from the source it is still wrong) the deluxe version retails for 350 USD which comes out to 2.45 million USD on the upper end, and the 2.1 on the lower end

I have a feeling George Cloonie was involved in this, or at the very least Matt Daemon.

OT: have these people heard of security, or do they just thing that Wii will do it?

Crap, you're right. Fixing post now.

FalloutJack:

Greg Tito:
Professional Thieves Steal 7,000 Wii Us

The thieves nabbed the consoles from a warehouse in Seattle, Washington.

Professionals in Seattle, eh?

Okay, what you want to do is get on the net and look up a company by the name of Saeder-Krupp, but don't just contact them all willy-nilly. Find yourself a good decker or just a good connections man to get you in touch with 'Mr. Lofwyr'. Chances are, he can find who we're dealing with and impart the information onto the Renraku boys, who will conveniently 'find' the Wiis in a warehouse somewhere and no trace of the runners thieves anywhere, ever.

what do you mean by "Professionals in Seattle, eh?" are you saying that there are no professionals in Seattle, and you then again you seem to know quite a bit of the inner workers of this, so is there a chance this chain of suggestions would just graze the ring leader Mr FalloutJack if that is your real name?

gardian06:
Oho!

[Activate 'Trace-And-Burn']

Please, continue talking! I am indeed intrigued by this conversation which certainly bears NO resemblance to a cyberpunk RPG at all. It is a fact that I was simply giving them some friendly advice on the matter.

DrunkOnEstus:

zelda2fanboy:
I don't know, there seem to be plenty in my area. My Target even has the black ones. Maybe there will be a rush, but I doubt it.

Really? I feel kind of silly right now. I got mine a couple of days after launch, the white one for $325. Some were in the 600-800 range. If I could have just walked into a damn store and gotten a black for less money than my white, and have Nintendo Land to play...that kinda sucks, I guess.

Meh, the hazards of being an early adopter. It could just be my town, though. I'm not particularly close to a major city.

gigastar:
Really, just because a group of someones pull off something in a competent manner doesnt make them a professional. A competent job implies that theyve done this before, not that someone has contracted them to do it.

Yeah, that's one of my pet peeves, too. I give it leniency in this case, but I hate when people claim to be a "professional" something, when really it's just a hobby of theirs. I'm sorry, but unless there's a paycheck involved, you're an amateur. A very skilled amateur, perhaps, but still just an amateur.

Evil Smurf:
*looks on eBay for 7,000 cheap WiiU consoles.*

They won't be cheap. There's a very high demand for the Wii U right now compared to a very low supply (especially now that 7,000 units went missing), so they'll most likely be marked-up compared to retail.

If I was the thieves I would sell them to Eastern Europe. Places like Romania or Bulgaria where legitimate Wii Us are hard to come by and the police are easier to bribe. Not that I would have experience fencing stolen goods in Eastern Europe.

It would be funny if they were all basic bundles. The Criminals would quickly realize their mistake after they have trouble giving the things away. The only people I see buying the Basic right now are people using it as a placeholder so they have something to put under the tree while they wait for a Deluxe. Joking aside, if they've thought further ahead than simply stealing 7000 WII U's they would be shipping them overseas to places where they are less likely to be in stock and less likely to get cracked down on by local authorities. China, Russia, other smaller countries that maybe haven't gotten as much shipping attention from Nintendo.

Squilookle:
I like to imagine they drove the trucks down to the nearest river and just dumped them all in the water. Monitor the sales now, guys!

That would be pretty cool, actually. I want to believe that happened too because, dang it, I believe in happy endings!

OT: That's actually pretty smart, stealing WiiUs. Instead of stealing a convenience store or something like that, they steal some WiiUs in mass quantities, no one sees it coming and they make a fortune. Thus, if these guys are smart, and they probably are, it's not like they're gonna sell them all at once in the middle of the street. No, maybe they can sell one or two every month or so in different places: eBay, Craigslist, Amazon, face to face, etc. So...not much to add to that.

Note: I do not condone or encourage stealing stuff. I'm just saying.

WhiteTigerShiro:

Evil Smurf:
*looks on eBay for 7,000 cheap WiiU consoles.*

They won't be cheap. There's a very high demand for the Wii U right now compared to a very low supply (especially now that 7,000 units went missing), so they'll most likely be marked-up compared to retail.

Can't say it is the same in every area, but in the Best Buys here in Chicago there is literally zero interest in the Wii U. The store was packed full of people earlier today and no one was even looking at the Wii U demo station, even the little kids, and there were over fifty Deluxe Editions of the Wii U on store shelves and even more of the basic Standard Editions.

OT: Given how prepared they were, they've probably already ditched those vehicles and used something else to transport them, but it's going to be very hard to hide that many boxes, let alone start selling that many.

I see a skit for that.

"Okay man, open the bags let's see what we got!"

"Okay man... Oh snap"

"Oh snap..."

"It's just..." *lifts a gleaming Wii U out of the box* "it's just a Wii U..."

"AH CRAP! What the hell are we gonna do now?! Man I am SO gonna mess up Sipowicz for this crap-ass lead!"

ID say somoen was building a server but.... its wii us.......

lets look at the bright side - less peopel will get wii u now.

Capcha knows how i fee: tea. earl, gray, hot

This is pretty impressive..
A WiiU box isn't the smallest box in the world and 7k of those...
+ the amount of money they'll get if they succeed to keep this and not get caught.
Althou they might just be Nintendo haters and destroy them all?

FalloutJack:

Greg Tito:
Professional Thieves Steal 7,000 Wii Us

The thieves nabbed the consoles from a warehouse in Seattle, Washington.

Professionals in Seattle, eh?

Okay, what you want to do is get on the net and look up a company by the name of Saeder-Krupp, but don't just contact them all willy-nilly. Find yourself a good decker or just a good connections man to get you in touch with 'Mr. Lofwyr'. Chances are, he can find who we're dealing with and impart the information onto the Renraku boys, who will conveniently 'find' the Wiis in a warehouse somewhere and no trace of the runners thieves anywhere, ever.

I love you man. I love you.
You just won the Internet forever ^^

Yikes, how the hell are they gonna hide them?

At least nothing of value was lost. Imagine if that had been a proper console like a PS3.

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