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Armed Robbers Steal Phones, Computers Worth US$36 Million from Samsung’s Brazil Factory
Brazilian Theft
Armed Robbers Steal Phones, Computers Worth US$36 Million from Samsung’s Brazil Factory
  • By matthew
  • July 9, 2014, 01:04
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Samsung's facilities in Brazil.
Samsung's facilities in Brazil.

 

About 20 armed men raided Samsung Electronics' factory in Brazil during the night shift, according to civil police in São Paulo state on July 7 (local time). The plant is located near the city of Campinas, 93 kilometers away from São Paulo.

The police said, “Armed robbers disguised as staff members entered the plant in a van. Once inside, the robbers subdued around 200 security guards and employees and placed them in two buildings.”

The bandits took the weapons and ammunition of the security guards, and removed the batteries from workers' phones so that they could not call the police.

Thieves held some security guards and workers hostage for 3 hours while loading laptops, cell phones, and tablet PCs into seven trucks. Fortunately, there were no casualties.

News organizations in Brazil reported that the extent of the damage is estimated at around R$80 million (US$36 million).