updated 10:39 pm EDT, Mon July 7, 2014
Robbers leave with seven trucks full of electronic goods from Campinas factory
A group of bandits robbed a Samsung Electronics factory in Brazil last night, escaping with seven trucks filled of goods from the smartphone and notebook computer manufacturer. Reuters reports the factory in Campinas was robbed just before midnight, with 20 robbers, some armed, posing as employees.
According to the police report that was dictated to Reuters, the culprits carjacked a shuttle and used it to gain entrance into the facility. The vehicle housed eight employees, but six were removed and set free in a remote location.
Once inside the building, seven armed bandits disarmed the security guards and gathered them in order to prevent contact with the outside world. This included removing the batteries from their phones, according to ZDNet. A Samsung spokesperson said approximately 100 employees were present at the time, though the robbery is said not to involve violence. Most workers appear to have been unaware anything was out of order, and continued working.
Security camera footage revealed the robbers were dressed in black with dark headgear. Communicating with one another by radio and cell phones, 13 additional bandits were brought into the facility driving trucks. When the trucks were inside, the robbers then proceeded to work to fill the trucks with more than 40,000 products. The value of the stolen smartphones, tablets and notebook computers is placed at approximately $36 million.
State police are investigating the robbery, but have yet to identify the culprits. ZDNet adds that the police are considering that the robbery may be an inside job, since they knew where high value items were held, as well as the way the facility was entered. The Samsung spokesperson confirmed the robbery, but believed that the $36 million value on the items may be too high.
"We have cooperated fully with the police investigation that is underway and will do our best to avoid any sort of repeat incident," said a spokesperson for Samsung Eletronica da Amazonia Ltda.