Resellers put on alert after warehouse theft

Dealers asked to be vigilant following theft of Seagate, Samsung and LG kit worth AED400k

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Resellers put on alert after warehouse theft More than AED400,000 worth of IT stock was stolen from a Dubai trader’s warehouse sometime over the Eid break. (ITP Images)
By  Andrew Seymour Published  November 30, 2009

Resellers in Dubai are being urged to be wary of deals that sound too good to be true after more than AED400,000 (US$110,000) worth of IT products was stolen from a trader's warehouse during the Eid holiday.

The goods that were taken include Seagate hard drives and a large quantity of Samsung hardware, in addition to IT products from several other international brands.

The Dubai Computer Group (DCG), which confirmed that the unnamed company - thought to be a sub-distributor - belongs to its association, has circulated a list of the stolen items to its members in case they are approached by the culprits.

"These people will try to sell the products so it is likely that they'll have to eventually come back to this market," said a spokesperson for the DCG. "We are keen to know if any members come across these products and ask them to remain alert."

In total, 1,687 units were stolen during the break-in, with a book value of AED403,523.

"This is the biggest theft of IT products that we have known," said the DCG spokesperson. "We have heard of some incidents here and there, but never this big."

More than 770 Seagate hard disk drives, 160 LG monitors and a large amount of Samsung monitors, hard drives and notebooks were taken from the warehouse, which is based in Jebel Ali.

Mercury UPS batteries and a small number of Acer and Asus notebooks were also pilfered.

The DCG is asking resellers who come across any information that could help shed light on the burglary to contact it or inform Dubai Police, which is presently investigating the incident.

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