Stealing a truck full of videogames is one thing, but it takes gall to steal it twice.
After UK police confiscated a truckload containing $1.08 million in stolen PS3 games, crooks broke into the impoundment area and made off with the vehicle – games and all, according to The Sun. Amusingly enough, copies of Grand Theft Auto IV were among the games stolen. How ironic.
Police originally recovered a truck containing seven pallets of stolen PS3 titles, including 16,000 copies of Brother In Arms: Hell’s Highway. The games had been transported from Northampton, where they were stolen, to Leeds approximately 131 miles away. Law enforcement in the area discovered the vehicle and the stash, after recognizing the fake license plates. The truck was securely impounded, while waiting to be checked for fingerprints and tested for DNA evidence. However, police never had the opportunity; someone smashed open the shutters at the depot and made off with the truck shortly after it was impounded. It was eventually located several days later sans merchandise.
Several arrests have already been made in relation to the incident, and UK law enforcement officials continue their investigation this week.
“We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry, including eBay transactions where a number of the games have been potentially identified as being advertised for sale,” said a police spokesperson. “Arrests have already been made in respect of this.”