IT warehouse thieves caught red-handed

Reseller alerts authorities after group tries to resell stolen IT kit into market

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IT warehouse thieves caught red-handed Around US$110,000 worth of Samsung, Seagate and LG products were taken during a warehouse break-in at the end of November. (ITP Images)
By  Andrew Seymour Published  December 30, 2009

A group of thieves that stole more than AED400,000 (US$110,000) worth of products from IT distributor Fire Bird Information Technology have been caught after attempting to resell the goods back into the Dubai market.

Local resellers had been looking out for the stolen products after the Dubai Computer Group (DCG) informed its members to be wary of deals that sounded too good to be true following the theft at the end of November.

The DCG issued its members with a comprehensive list of the stolen items in the event they were contacted by the culprits, which turned out to be the case.

"These people approached one of our group members and it immediately alerted us," said a spokesperson for the DCG. "We alerted them [Fire Bird] and then the police were contacted. The good thing to come out of this is that if anything of this sort happens again, people will know they cannot attempt to sell it into this market."

More than 770 Seagate hard disk drives, 160 LG monitors and a large amount of Samsung monitors, hard drives and notebooks were pilfered from Fire Bird's Jebel Ali warehouse.

Mercury UPS batteries and a small number of Acer and Asus notebooks were also taken during the raid.

In total, 1,687 units were stolen, with a book value of AED403,523.

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

It is not currently known how many of the products taken from the warehouse have been recovered. A spokesman for Fire Bird, which is a key distributor of IT products to the CIS markets, said the matter was being dealt with by the police.

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