On Monday, a Samsung factory located in the city of Campinas, in São Paulo, Brazil, was robbed and held at gunpoint. According to ZDNet, around 20 men disguised as factory workers snuck in during the night shift. A little after midnight, the criminals held a few Samsung employees hostage and began their raid of the factory. The employees who were not being held hostage continued to work, but had the batteries taken out of their cell phones. The criminals made off with seven trucks filled with Samsung electronics. The robbers stole an estimated amount of $36 million worth in laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Thankfully, during the three hour heist, no one was hurt and Samsung is actively working with the police to prevent similar events happening again. Samsung stated the following:
We are very concerned about this incident. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. We are cooperating with the ongoing police investigation, and we will do our best to avoid it happening again.
Police are currently investigating and believe that the heist was an inside job due to the knowledge the robbers had of the location of the stolen electronics and the access they had to the factory.
Over the years, Samsung devices have become coveted among consumers and the tech community at large. This isn’t the first time Samsung devices have been stolen. Last year, Leonard Arrington, pled guilty of armed robbery of seven T-Mobile stores robbed in 2012. During the robbery, many high profile devices were stolen from the stores which included Samsung devices.