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Armed thieves made off with £100,000 of modules from memory distributor Dane-Elec on Monday, as the company suffered its second van hijacking in as many months. The vehicle, belonging to courier firm Amtrak, was targeted by four men outside Amtrak's depot in Kingston, Surrey, at around 7pm. The van had been transporting kit to the building from the distributor's warehouse in Chessington, Surrey. The sixty-year-old driver was abducted for two hours and finally dumped near the M25 in north London. He was the same unfortunate who fell victim to a van hijacking two months ago, where Dane-Elec lost £250,000 of kit. Fortunately this haul was not a full day's shipment. Alan Stanley, Dane-Elec general manager, said the company had started splitting its shipments between three different couriers following the last attack. But he appealed for the industry to be "extra vigilant" about security as a fresh spate of memory robberies could be on the cards. "If anyone else has been experiencing similar problems, please get in touch. We want to make a list of recent robberies and try to put together a joint reward," said Stanley. He added that the night before the robbery took place, police had been called to Dane-Elec's warehouse when they received notice that all the company's phone lines had been cut. ® Dane-Elec can be contacted on: 0181 391 6900 Related stories: Memory stolen at gunpoint was ours, says Dane-Elec DRAM robberies are back Chips are down for RAM burglars

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