Prototype Sony Ericsson phones pilfered
From handsets to handcuffs as cops arrest suspect
A man has been arrested after several high-value prototype handsets were swiped from Sony Ericsson’s offices in Lund, Sweden.
According to online reports, more than a dozen pre-production phones were nicked from the firm’s labs there earlier this week.
Police subsequently raided the home of a 35-year-old man also based in Sweden, where they found the pilfered prototypes, which have an estimated total value of SKR 750,000 ($89,000/£61,000/€67,000).
Paul Nilson, a spokesperson for Lund police, said that Sony Ericsson suspected someone within the company and, when cops checked the employee pass control system, they discovered that the unnamed man had used his pass at the time of the theft.
The suspect has been charged with aggravated theft. ®
...and proto thieves are also commonly stupid:
I used to work for another scandinavian mobile phone phone manufacturer, and one evening a couple of prototypes disappeared.
The thief took them to a local phone shop to sell them, and a quick-thinking phone shop employee agreed to buy the protos for about €250 but insisted he needed a copy of the seller's ID.
My employer was then called and offered the prototypes plus a photocopy of the thief's driving license for €250.
With thieves like that, who needs police?
"The suspect has been charged with aggravated theft."
and faces a second charge of being too stupid to be allowed to stay out of jail?????? Sounds fishy to me..how on earth would he expect to get away with it when he used his own pass??