Feeds

Thieves swipe third truckload of PC games

£120,000 worth of Serious Sam CDs nicked

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The European Leisure Software Publishers Association, the games industry's answer to Shaw Taylor, is seeking your help to track down an audacious band of robbers who've run off with three separate lorryloads of PC and PlayStation games.

We say 'audacious', but the tea leaves don't appear to have had too tough a time of it. The spate of thefts, which began last December and have been followed by two other similar incidents, have focused on trucks left unattended.

The first was driven away from a service station on the M6 near Cannock, Staffordshire, between Wolverhampton and Stafford. The second incident took place in another service station, this time at Bedworth, just north of Coventry. The most recent theft, called an "attack" by Elspa, took place at Gailey, Staffordshire, about a mile west of the first incident.

The third truck contained 4,000 copies of Take Two Interactive's not-yet-released PC title Serious Sam, all together worth around £120,000, Elspa reckons. Though since the game retails for 20 quid, we're not entirely sure how it comes up with that figure. Posters, cardboard cut-outs and dump bins make up the remaining £40,000, which seems rather a lot to us, so there were probably some other, miscellaneous games in there too.

With the official launch date set for 13 April, Elspa is asking anyone who sees copies of the game before then to report the matter. Chances are, though, the thieves will wait a week or so and then sell the software.

Take Two's roster of titles includes, ironically enough, Grand Theft Auto and Smugglers' Run.

Elspa said it will pay out a "significant" reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the ROM robbers. Like a free copy of Serious Sam, for instance. ®

  • Anyone with information regarding the three thefts or has seen copies of Serious Sam for sale should contact Detective Sergeant White at Cannock C.I.D on 01785 716189. Alternatively, they can contact the Elspa hotline on 0870 513 3405.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.