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Computer thieves hit Mesh Computers last night and swiped its office admin PCs.

The break-in was discovered at around 8.00am this morning but the company had replaced and networked the missing kit by 11.00am.

"It was bloody inconvenient, but we just had three hours disruption and it had no affect on our business," said communications manager Paul McEvoy.

The not-so-technical thieves grabbed about 20 systems, mainly P90 towers, and decided to leave some nice monitors and a Zip drive. They also grabbed a Versace watchcase which held a stash of headache pills.

If they'd hit the warehouse they'd have had a better haul. The thieves also unscrewed system cables rather than cutting them, as a slicker outfit might have done. Because of the late workers at the Mesh offices, and the early starters at the food company next to it, the thieves had a window of just four hours to commit the robbery.

"If we'd been in any other kind of business it would have been a different story," said McEvoy, pleased that Mesh had the equipment and technical staff on hand to sort out the problem. "A hit of this kind could put someone, not in the computer market, out of business." ®

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