Russian warehouse robbery of $38,000 worth of GPUs ends badly for thieves

Three employees of Wildberries, a Russian online retailer, cautiously made off with nearly $38,000 in Geforce RTX 3070 Ti video cards from one of its warehouses, according to Mashed potato by video card. The trio were later arrested after a pawn shop owner suspected the goods they were trying to unload had been stolen and called the police.

the theft video (which has nearly a million views on Mash) shows two people dressed in warehouse worker uniforms hurriedly carrying cardboard boxes full of GPUs and hiding them under a ladder. They then take them by the arm and carry them into what appears to be a side window, proceeding to toss the GPUs to a third person waiting outside.

The footage ends there, but it’s safe to assume that the third member of this crew had a vehicle to load the GPUs, as three guys carrying a bunch of graphics cards on the moonlit Russian streets look a little suspicious.

According to Mash, the thieves stole 20 RTX 3070 Tis, which sell for nearly $1,900 in Russia, but were only sold for $600 each to pawn shops and friends. A pawn shop had suspicions about the driven components and notified the police.

Police later detained the trio and confiscated any remaining stolen goods, although it is unclear how many of the 3,070 Tis were recovered. According to Mash’s translation, if they had managed to sell all the GPUs, the three could have made $11,440 from the theft.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, most tech companies around the world are limiting product sales to Russia and economic sanctions, causing the price of PC components to skyrocket. This explains why the RTX 3070 Ti, which usually costs $600, sells for more than triple the price in Russia right now.

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