Three men have reportedly been arrested in Russia after stealing 20 Nvidia RTX 3070 TIs from a suburban warehouse. While they successfully made off with the graphics cards, nearly $38,000 worth of loot, They were arrested after trying to sell them to local pawn shops.
As reported by Videocardz.com about mashThe three suspects appeared to be employees working at the Wildberries warehouse in Podolsk, Russia. They allegedly broke into the warehouse’s storage area by pretending to pick up an online order. Eventually the men reached a window in the warehouse and paused to open it and toss the video cards to another crew member.
The entire process, which overall went fairly smoothly, was captured by multiple surveillance cameras at the facility. Footage of the heist has been uploaded to Mash where it has racked up over 1 million views as of March 19th.
Things were reportedly less smooth for the thieves after they retrieved the graphics cards from storage. The trio attempted to sell the coveted graphics cards to local pawnshops. But they only wanted less than half of what the graphics cards are worth, which made one shop owner very suspicious. Suspecting the merchandise might be hot, he reportedly called the police and the trio were caught and arrested shortly thereafter.
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It’s unclear how many graphics cards the trio were able to sell before being caught, although Russian authorities reportedly confiscated some of the crew’s graphics card loot.
Currently Russia, due to the ongoing and terrible war in Ukrainefaces a long and growing list of sanctions. Many tech and video game companies have gone out of business with the country, which has led to the fact that video cards have become more expensive and valuable in Russia. It is reported that an RTX 3070 in Russia now costs about 200,000 rubles, or about 1900 USD. In the United States, the same card only costs about $500 to $700.
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