Heist near Washington's SeaTac airport this week included hardware worth around $2.1 million; police have no leads yet.
In a warehouse heist this weekend near Washington's SeaTac airport, thieves stole 7,000 Wii U consoles, estimated at a value of $2.1 million.
"I've been a cop for 28 years, and I've never seen anything like this," Sgt. Cindy West told ABC News. "This has come straight out of the movies."
According to West, the bandits drove two diesel trucks into Nintendo's distribution bay at Seattle Air Cargo. Once inside, the thieves lifted the Wii U units with forklifts onto 53-foot semi trailers waiting outside. This took place during a storm.
Workers noticed the missing inventory, as well as the vanished trucks, Sunday. Police do not have any leads at this moment, and it is not clear how many were involved in the heist.
"If we don't get any tips ahead of time, it will be the selling of these consoles that will lead to their capture," West said. "It's gonna be pretty hard to hide 7,000 Wii game consoles."
ABC News reported the stolen consoles as original Wii systems, but Kotaku confirmed with the King County Sheriff's Office that the units were in fact Wii U consoles. With an average price of $300, the thieves made off with about $2.1 million worth of hardware.
#1 Do they realize that there's no shortage? Otherwise this would have been devastating to thousands of potential future U owners.
#2 Nintendo probably made more money on the insurance for the stolen systems than actually selling them. Win/Win.
#3 Lamest warehouse security ever, these guys just waltzed in and stole 7000 Wii U's using the world's fastest vehicles; Forklifts? Its either that or an inside job.
#4 They'll have a hard time moving 7000 consoles without the use of the internet, which if they utilize will lead to their swift capture.
#5 Maybe this is a whole publicity stunt from Nintendo/Rock* to promote the announcement of GTA5 for Wii U... Yeah wishful thinking, I know.