Jul 08 AT 10:58 AM Nick Sarafolean 5 Comments

40,000 devices stolen by bandits at Samsung factory in Brazil


The latest Samsung loss sounds like something straight out of an action thriller. An estimated 20 armed bandits performed an epic heist from a Samsung factory in Campinas, Brazil. According to police, the men carjacked a factory shuttle carrying eight employees to work. Six of the employees were taken to a different area and released, while other assailants took two of the employees to the factory, where they disarmed security guards and rounded up all of the employees.

Using stolen employee ID cards, the bandits opened up the factory to allow 13 more robbers to enter with getaway trucks. Over the next three hours, they managed to load up over 40,000 Samsung devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops. Police valued the haul at $36 million, but Samsung says it was much lower and closer to six or seven million. Still, that’s a serious robbery.

As of now, none of the thieves have been caught. Though police have said that with a break-in of this scale, it’s probable that there was insider help. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident and Samsung is working with authorities to both catch the thieves and prevent future incidents from occurring.

Via: The Guardian

Source: Reuters

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • aryin

    it will probably affect the price we buy samsung products?

    • Germany 7-1 Brazil


  • jerrbomb

    I’m sorry.. But this is too funny.. I mean.. Lol.. It really is.. Samsung got jack by twenty guys in Brazil during the world cup.. And their way of damage control is saying it might be an inside job.. That’s even worse.. Samy.. It’s okay… It happens to even the best of us..

    • SGB101

      My first thought was the Italian job and minis

      The good origanal British Italian job

  • Dan

    HAhAHAHAHAHAAHa….Samsung , they stole your phones so they can kill some SD-card with them. Other phones don’t do it , but yours for sure does.
    My S3 killed 3 sd-cards by now…..only device in my house that kills SD-cards.
    I hope they sale them for 5 bucks each or they burn them all.
    Or may be your arrangement to be a desperate way to advertise? Now that LG came out with G3 your sale on S5 are dead? Or maybe you stole them by your self to get money from insurance????
    Don’t matter what way but is funny….and I am happy for this ….is time to pay for all phones people buy defective and you did not bother to fix.