PS3 consoles stolen in Japan

<i>Mainichi Daily News</i> reports a theft of 9.5 million yen's worth of the next-gen systems from a Tokyo-bound shipment.

A total of 180 PlayStation 3 consoles have been stolen from a freight forwarder's local office in Japan, reports the Mainichi Daily News.

Was it desperate gamers...or Yakuza?

Meitetsu Golden Aircargo called police at approximately 6:50 p.m. on the evening of December 5 to report that the consoles had been stolen. The PS3s were part of a shipment of 1,560 due to be distributed to retailers in the Kanto region of Japan, including the Greater Tokyo Area, Gunma, and Chiba. At around 1:30 p.m., an employee checked the consoles and found that 180--valued at 9.5 million yen (around $82,500)--had "disappeared."

Sony's PS3 launched in Japan on November 11, with an initial shipment estimated at approximately 80,000 units. A string of crimes has dogged the console's release in the US, including a robbery in California, muggings in Oregon, and the shooting of a man waiting in line in Connecticut.

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_Sam_
_Sam_

So I guess they got away then?

Morhavoc_IRL
Morhavoc_IRL

why didnt i think of that......too late? probably...ill just have to wait in line goddammit

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

Cloud737 At least the Japanese are less desperate and more patient than US people, as less ps3 thefts have happened in Japan. the overall crimerate in japan is much lower than the US.

chazzx21
chazzx21

Someone needs to check their math. $82,000 worth... that's like 5 PS3's.

frogman666
frogman666

lol people sure are risking alot to get these consoles but I wonder just how easy it was to pull it off

Fauij
Fauij

some 1 had a merry chirstmas or hannahkah or eid or whatever they celebrate............

Dante565
Dante565

TWOC2689-Sony the Official company of Evil!! ROFLMAO

SnowFarmer
SnowFarmer

If they noticed the consoles were missing at 1:30 why did they wait until 6:50 to call the police?

Animal91X
Animal91X

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cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

PS3s are stolen everywhere. Maybe Sony should have waited with their launch.

TWOC2689
TWOC2689

Sony, Your official company of EVIL!

sasuke55
sasuke55

wow that is a lot of units. OMG!!!!!! People need to stop.

Cloud737
Cloud737

At least the Japanese are less desperate and more patient than US people, as less ps3 thefts have happened in Japan.

Mobius007
Mobius007

OMG not PS3s.. less PS3s coming really bad news for us >:(

Simsyas
Simsyas

Well, at least no one got hurt.

faizali86
faizali86

wow, ps3s are like gold or diamonds!

Doolum
Doolum

Well i guess even the japanese are desperate for the PS3.Tell them to go and steal Wii instead ( there seem to be an abundance of them already ).

Dolacide
Dolacide

So does any press equals good press apply here.

ewjim
ewjim

Stupid mother******* ! They can't get away with this! :evil:

dholmes19
dholmes19

maybe armored guards would help??

SecretWasianMan
SecretWasianMan

I wonder if the 360 thefts and last year's DS thefts have anything to do with this. I sense a connection. *grabs pipe and magnifying glass*

Daffy101
Daffy101

Sony should start selling the rest of their PS3's this year on EBAY to help with their debt.

Daffy101
Daffy101

Dante565 "Yea all i need is Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and I sense Rush Hour 3 will be in the making soon. LOL " it already is

PuffstaJones
PuffstaJones

this (probably these) guy(s) is(are) gonna make big bucks.

Dualmask
Dualmask

Is anyone really surprised about this? The console's worth $600 bucks retail and nigh-impossible to obtain now. Many less expensive electronics have been stolen in the past. It has nothing to do with Sony or Nintendo, it's simply jackasses committing crime so they can flip the units for cash. What sucks is that this is a minor, but noteworthy blow to the fact that Sony is having trouble producing enough units to satisfy demand. Bad enough they don't have enough, but some of the few they do have are getting stolen? It sucks.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

probably Ebayers wanting to scalp some more idiots

ChaosSpaceTroop
ChaosSpaceTroop

Not gonna lie, only reason I clicked this link is because of Bunta Sugawara. YAKUZA PAPERS ROCKS! Oh, and boo, consoles were stolen...

slayer1090
slayer1090

has any nintendo consoles end up in shootings or muggings before?

dhmy2kgto
dhmy2kgto

Goes to show how much in demand people want the PS3, haha....

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

Wow... These crimes are going way to far.

gforce007_basic
gforce007_basic

Yea, with all this ps3 related crime, you'd think that the only people who play PlayStation are.......criminals.

Outlawlaw
Outlawlaw

jerks exist all over the world. imagine that.

tigerfan1993
tigerfan1993

dragg0n, how is this a low blow to sony, it is just desperate gamers (or yakuza... lol) wanting to get there PS3 which is MADE by Sony, it is not directly tied to Sony.

dragg0n
dragg0n

Oooooh, another low blow to Sony that will not help them get more units to the public. Go Wii (and Xbox to a much lesser degree)!

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

Flippin' yahoos. Can't find a good hobby like KNITTING or somethin'. Lmao

jazilla
jazilla

lol Lou....lowjack PS3 FTW!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

i gues nobody likes stealing teh wii...all the people stealing the consoles are targeting ps3s

Bathyj
Bathyj

Man, when I finally get mine I'm going to brown paper bag it. You dont want to be seen on the street with a PS3, people will run you down in broad daylight.

lou2106
lou2106

For $500 and $600, the PS3's should be equipped with some LowJack type system lol

LexLas
LexLas

I wonder the same ? I think they can be tracked and they should get caught. Let see if they get gunned down like that guy here, but in their case it will be sword down like Lord of the Rings.

TryMe01
TryMe01

wouldnt these console be able to be tracked once these go online?

djenhancr
djenhancr

Ha...and to think they're already planning Playstation 4. .....wow.

synapticflow
synapticflow

Whoa! Theft in Japan? What about the honor system that their society is based on? This is kind of surprising, but then again, there's always a jerk somewhere. It was probably some young Yakz.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Dirrty deeds, and they're done dirt cheap...

dennis8
dennis8

lol first the 360, then the ps3. wats next? the wii? People are getting a bit too desperate...... or greedy

umbrae
umbrae

This just says something bad about people interested in the PS3. It is treated more like a drug than a game console.

GeminiEntity
GeminiEntity

PS3 is definitely in demand, that's for sure.