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Thieves Steal $2.28 Million Worth of Wii U Consoles

by Joey Davidson | December 19, 2012December 19, 2012 10:30 am PDT

More thievery abound in the tech world today as a group of bandits made off with a truckload, literally, of new Wii U consoles from Nintendo.

More than 7,000 Wii U consoles (both of the Basic and Deluxe variety) were stolen from a warehouse close to Seattle’s SeaTac airport. The report comes to us from ABC News by way of Kotaku and Eurogamer, and a few quotables from police at the scene reveal how ridiculous this theft was.

Here’s Sargent Cindy West:

“I’ve been a cop for 28 years, and, honestly, I can’t remember the last time we had something like this…This has come straight out of the movies.”

Apparently, the thieves entered the warehouse and used forklifts to load up a semi-truck with Wii U consoles before driving off. Police are looking for the vehicle and perpetrators, though they suggest that most thieves would ditch that mode of transportation quickly.

As 7,000 consoles were stolen, police will be monitoring local listings for possible resales. That’s a massive number of merchandise, and anyone trying to sell $2.28 million in Wii U units will probably turn some heads in the process.

One has to wonder whether or not Nintendo’s insured for this type of event. Or, perhaps, if the warehouse where the theft takes place is liable for the loss.

ABC News Kotaku Eurogamer

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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