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
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.

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