$1.13M in stolen games seized, re-stolen in UK

As reported from Gamespot:

In 1963, the UK was the site of the Great Train Robbery, when £2.6 million was stolen by infamous criminal Ronnie Biggs. (Two years ago, a record £53.1 million was stolen in the Securitas Depot Robbery, the biggest heist in British history.) This week, a crime that might be called the Great Game Robbery took place when police seized and impounded a truck carrying a fortune in stolen PlayStation 3 games.

According to The Sun, the driver of a truck carrying 16,000 units of Brothers in Arms Hell’s Highway stopped by the roadside in the East Midlands borough of Northampton. As the driver rested, thieves emptied the truck of all copies of the Ubisoft WWII shooter, which the tabloid estimated as being worth £600,000 ($1.07 million) wholesale. Most UK retailers are selling the game for £39.99 (about $71), putting the load’s retail worth at £639,000 ($1.13 million).

The seven pallets’ worth of games were transferred to another truck which was driven to the nearby city of Leeds. There, according to The Sun, police pulled over the vehicle after noticing it had stolen license plates and impounded the truck, storing it at the department’s secure garage.

Then, what should’ve been a straightforward case took an unexpected turn. Police discovered in the morning that locks on the garage’s shuttered windows had been cut away. The stolen software-laden truck had vanished, and was recovered several days later in a shopping mall parking lot completely emptied of its illicit gaming goods.

“We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry, including eBay transactions where a number of the games have been potentially identified as being advertised for sale,” a Leeds police department told The Sun. Arrests have already been reportedly made in the case, though no further specifics were given.

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