Cops seek clues to $1.7m tablet snatch
22 pallets of BlackBerry PlayBooks lifted
Thieves made away with $1.7m worth of RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablets last week in Chesterfield, Indiana.
The 7in tablets were being taken to Ontario, Canada from a warehouse and distribution facility in Plainfield, Indiana, local police said.
The 22 pallets of kit were in the back of a lorry owned by Brightpoint, a company that provides logistics services to the wireless industry.
At Chesterfield, the truck's driver decided to take a brief break from the road. But when he returned to his vehicle an hour later, it was gone, local paper The Herald Bulletin reports.
Local cops said Brightpoint had confirmed that the truck lacked tracking tech. They also said the matter had been referred to the FBI while their own investigation continues. ®
bit of a funny market for a trucking company to aim at?
"a company that provides logistics services to the wireless industry."
Got wireless stuff? need it moving? call Brightpoint!
"Hello brightpoint? Can you move all these PC's upstate?"
"are they wireless?"
"well no , we dont move wired stuff, sorry"
That'll help cut inventory.
RIM were ever going to shift them.
HP must be kicking themselves to have not thought of this ruse.
I recon the thieves thought they were stealing iPads or Galaxy Tabs, and have now dumped them all in a landfill somewhere.
suspiciously helpful, those crims
Yeah, considering how hard it is to get rid of Playbooks by any other means, I'd suggest the police take a look at this insurance fraud angle.