Three warehouse workers in Russia have been arrested for stealing a batch of Nvidia RTX 3070 TI graphics cards worth over $35,000 and attempting to resell them to local pawnbrokers.
The three suspects worked at a Wildberries warehouse in Podolsk, Russia, and were filmed by security cameras breaking into the storage area pretending to pick up an online order. Security footage of the daring heist has since gone viral on social media as it shows the three men nonchalantly stealing an entire batch of 20 high-end graphics cards.
Despite the successful heist, the trio were soon apprehended by police when they attempted to sell the much-wanted cards to local pawnshops, as a suspicious shop owner allegedly sensed something was wrong when the suspects attempted to sell the cards at half price. price and alerted the local authorities.
It’s unclear how many GPUs the trio may have pawned, but according to Russian authorities, all of the cards in their possession have been recovered.
The news has drawn particular attention on social media, as the heist happened amid a global shortage of video cards, while Russians are finding it increasingly difficult to acquire high-end computer components. due to the sanctions imposed on the country and the mass exodus of manufacturers to light. of the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine. Stolen RTX 3070 TIs are currently worth around $1,900 in Russia, while the same card can be purchased in the US for around $500-700.
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