Armed gang makes off with $6.3m of Samsung kit
Daring late-night factory heist in Brazil nets robbers 40,000 smartphones, tablets, notebooks
An armed gang made off with more than 40,000 Samsung Electronics products worth around $6.3m from a manufacturing plant near Sao Paulo, Brazil, late on Sunday, Reuters reported.
According to police reports and statements from Samsung, the daring raid began with the hijacking of a bus carrying employees to a late shift at the factory.
Six of the factory workers were taken by the gang to a remote location and released while seven armed robbers boarded the bus and continued on to the plant with two employees still on board.
The band arrived at around midnight at the factory in Campinas, an industrial hub. They disarmed security guards, confiscated mobile phones and opened the factory to 13 accomplices who used pallet loaders to load crates of smartphones, tablets and notebooks onto seven trucks.
The operation took place over four hours and about 50 employees are thought to have been held hostage at the factory. Although a state police investigation is underway, no suspects have yet been identified. CCTV footage reportedly shows the gang wearing "dark headgear" as they load the trucks with loot.
"We have co-operated fully with the police investigation that is underway and will do our best to avoid any sort of repeat incident," said Samsung's Brazilian manufacturing unit in a statement.