Seattle-Area Thieves Make Off With 7,000 Wii U Consoles
December 19, 2012 9:11 AM
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Stolen hardware is valued at $2.1M USD
Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (
hot holiday item
which is welcome news for a company looking to turn around
and continue the Wii console's successful track record. But this holiday some Wii U consoles may be hot in quite a different sense.
A Seattle-area warehouse, located near the SeaTac airport, was the target of a daring crime caper, which saw thieves nab 7,000 Wii U consoles. The system retails for $300 USD, indicating the thieves made off with approximately $2.1M USD (MSRP) in hardware.
The thieves rolled up on SeaTac's Seattle Air Cargo warehouse in the wee hours of the night in two semi trucks. The thieves also used a third box truck, which confirmed to be stolen.
Trucks used in Wii U theft [Image Source: ABC News]
Gaining entrance to the warehouse, the bandits used a forklift to lift the pallets of Wii U consoles into the waiting trucks, then sped off into the night.
The King County Sheriff's office is not very hopeful that tracing the trucks will lead to catching the thieves, but they are hoping to maybe spot them online. Comments a spokesperson to
, "I'd be surprised if they're still using that truck and that trailer, but we still want people to call if they see anybody advertising for any great deals for Wii U's on Ebay or privately, especially if there's a large quantity of them."
The Sheriff's office can be reached at 206-296-3311.
Nintendo had no comment on whether the console has any sort of remote theft-prevention mechanism when connected to the internet. A number of intriguing launch titles are available for the console, including
New Super Mario Bros. U
, although some have criticized the launch lineup as a bit anemic (similar criticism was leveled against the soon-to-be best-selling Wii at its launch).
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I Don't Understand
12/19/2012 10:48:23 AM
How can this warehouse have been empty of people and unguarded? I would think that "SeaTac's Seattle Air Cargo warehouse" would be a 24/7 operation. Especially one containing consumer electronics just before Christmas. Even if it's not continuously operating, the owners let a warehouse sit unguarded and without electronic monitoring when it's filled with millions of dollars of goods? I just don't understand.
RE: I Don't Understand
12/19/2012 6:02:43 PM
More than likely it has a minimal night shift and the only real security is the gate guard at the fence line. Pull up, show some semi-legit looking ID and some paperwork that you are here to pickup shipments, roll in, load the trucks, roll out. At any major warehouse, 3 semi trucks is hardly anything to bat an eye at, especially if you have fake paperwork that looks legit. The best guess is that this was (to some extent) an inside job in the supply line, with someone at the warehouse, or someone that services it, passing the proper information to make this work.
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