Thieves steal 7,000 Wii U consoles

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.

Image credit: ABC News

"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.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

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ardent163
ardent163

Forgot to add that, each of those consoles that are missing from the inventory listings in the warehouse have some form of unique indentifier that you could simply compare with of any consoles that are connected to the Nintendo Network... -_- Wonder how the thieves will bypass that kind of security? I'm guessing they're planning to either reverse engineer the stuff or resell them, reselling meaning many of the buyers will likely be connecting them to the network.

ardent163
ardent163

Read the article title and I thought, "Holy crap that's a lot of Wii Us!!!!!". >_>

gba1989
gba1989

Maybe the thieves played too much GTA around...

alrepairs
alrepairs

Sales recap:

 

Xbox 360 first month launch (2005) - 940,000 units

 

PS3 first month launch - (2006) 540,000 units.

 

Wii U first month launch - (2012) 1.8 million units

 

Wii first month launch - (2006) >2.2 million units.

 

Grow up trolls.  Console is selling well, people are buying a shit load of them and are enjoying them, with great dedicated titles along the way.  Get your head out of your a$$holes already.

hippontherun
hippontherun

Barely any great games coming on this console.. wrong choice to steal guys!Good thing the Wii has a large consumer base. Should make it easier to sell.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Hey, sometimes it isn't enough to play with one console. Sometimes you need 7000 to get the full experience.

blackace
blackace

They might have a hard times selling those at full price. If they sell them on EBay under multiple accounts, they might have a hard time getting caught.

 

There's a good chance this was an inside job. Especially if there were no locks or doors broken. The warehouse should have an alarm system I would think.

nurnberg
nurnberg

I bet the people who did it worked there.

squidshoggoth
squidshoggoth

Congratulations boys, you just raked in 7000 wii u's, now to hand them out for free! ....oh wait...you were expecting people to pay for them? ....good luck with that

MGSFAN612
MGSFAN612

So they stole 7000 of something that almost nobody wants

PrinceJ23
PrinceJ23

This is probably the same group of thugs that are string robbing chinatown in seattle. Fcking scumbags... we lost 10k they lost 2.1 mill =(

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Then there was the Fast 6 Movie.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Hey at least those "Thieves" will have spare consoles once their Wii U is broke.

Triton
Triton

Can you say "INSIDE JOB"

franzito
franzito

Whoa! And we think only honest people like to play games...

andytisnt
andytisnt

its gonna be pretty hard fencing  7000 consoles

furrynic
furrynic

I'll buy one, just let me know where are u secret location, I'll go and pick one up.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

lol those wii u are gone now i bet ebay has a lot of wii u on there now.

tightwad34
tightwad34

They must have had the perfect storm for this, because I can think of much better things to steal that would be much easier to get rid of, especially 7 thousand of them. Oh well, it's all profit for them, maybe, no matter how many they sell.

decoy1978
decoy1978

Serial numbers can be tracked once someone chooses to access the online features. After that, it's just following the trail. This isn't the 80's anymore where you can just fence the products and no one knows where it came from... Electronics that access the internet leaves trails...

proclaimor
proclaimor

Me and the boys can take care of your inventory issue and you'll get a nice fat insurance check.

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

wohoooo!!!!!!sales of WiiU just went up by 7000........

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

First suspects should be William Drake and Sly Cooper.

wyan_
wyan_

No worries. They will probably get all 7,000 consoles back, since nobody wants a Wii U save for the diehard virgin fanboys who probably bought one at launch anyway.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Sell that crap, and buy gaming pc's.

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

i work in a warehouse and there is security during the night and the fact that it never closes. its up 24/7 and i would think this would be the same.. loading 64 pallets worth? that would have to take at least an hour just doing that. and he would probably have to be pretty good

shinspikes
shinspikes

When I saw this on the news, I was like "Dam, why wasn't I there?  That Shipping depot is down the street from me".  Those morons better be smart enough to not connect it online.

BigheadNo1
BigheadNo1

Hmm, wasn't it just a couple of months ago where some dudes stole 3600 IPad Minis from some airport?

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

really cheap Wii U consoles now available from your local back-alley shady seller...

Zonno
Zonno

So Grand Theft Auto V is coming to the Wii U after all.

 

Oh wait that was pretty lame.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

It was Colonel Mustard in the Dining Room with the Candle Stick.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

sound like goodfellas....someone find henry hill

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Isn't each Wii U console uniquely identifiable? The biggest losers, besides Nintendo, maybe second hand resellers. Before these systems are recovered, all unofficial resellers are suspect. Good riddance.

spencdiamonds
spencdiamonds

This seriously happened a few months back except it was somthing else, the robbers didnt get to take everything because an employee noticed them.

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

These guys are most likely professionals and knew what they were heisting. Storm was perfect cover.

jollyjoel23
jollyjoel23

They should have stole PS3's, XBOX360's or even PC's...when these guys get busted they will be so upset not only that they're going ot jail but that they stole a shit console.

alrepairs
alrepairs

Yep,

 

Not a single individual out of this console's 1.8 million sales wants the system.

 

Or JUST maybe, it's only the 7 trolls here, in addition to the media critics being paid by Microsoft in the west.

 

Open your eyes children.

alenth
alenth

if you sell them at 150$ i'm sure everyone will want them...

alrepairs
alrepairs

Wish my Son was here, to b*tch slap you.

hystavito
hystavito

  @Unfallen_Satan  I was thinking the same thing, they probably can figure out the range of serial numbers that are missing, since they stole them in large numbers like entire pallets.  Considering it's a proprietary system that needs to connect to Nintendo's network to even play initially, these may not be usable.  Then again maybe they really can't pin down the serials, who knows.

 

If they can be tracked, they will probably sell them off to some middle man(s), who will then sell them to some persons that will sell directly to the consumers, and some of those persons will be charged and/or forced to refund whether they knew the units were stolen or not.

 

That's my completely non-expert prediction :).

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

 @HIT3kNology Yeah man, this definitely ain't no amateur shit.....and if the authorities don't have no leads yet I'd say they didn't pretty damn good in cover their tracks just enough to buy them some time to distribute them out to where they wanted them to go, too