Three employees of Wild berries, Russia’s largest e-commerce retailer, was recently arrested for the botched theft of twenty GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics cards. The attackers managed to remove the cards from the company’s warehouse, but the incredible asking price contributed to their detention while trying to sell the cards.
Three Russian warehouse workers have been jailed after trying to steal and sell NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics cards to a single pawnshop
With the recent drop in trade with Russia, items such as graphics cards are now much more sought after by users, gamers, and thieves. AMD and NVIDIA have banned shipments of their products to Russia due to the recent dispute with Ukraine. With this new pressure on the products delivered to the country, there is real greed.
The social media news site Mash potatoes mentioned the robbery for the first time yesterday, and the video below by the YouTube channel “OFFICE GUYS” appeared, launching the video in the United States. The video below shows the end of the theft of the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti cards but does not show the faces of the thieves to the public. In the video, two warehouse workers hid three packs of graphics cards in boxes and rolled them around the warehouse, apparently after hours. Once in the stairwell, they quickly grab the bundles of cards, run up the stairs to an open window, and drop them off at the third criminal who is waiting outside for the proceeds. The video stops, but Mash further explains where the cards went.
Mash reported that three employees tried to cash in on hot graphics cards by selling them to a nearby pawn shop. Graphics cards are not usually seen in pawnshops for resale. Most of the time, it is usually an online platform to hide the sale of cards from users, sometimes with horrible results. The pawnshop owner felt that it was not just about selling graphics cards for cash and immediately called the local authorities.
In attempting to sell to the owner of the pawnshop, the suspects placed a price tag of 200,000 rubles, or approximately $1931. The criminals risked selling the entire deck of cards for $38,000. Now that the authorities have intervened, authorities have returned the stolen goods to the Wildberries warehouse and the three men have been incarcerated.
Source: Mash potatoes