A Samsung factory in Campinas, São Paulo, was raided by a group of twenty criminals. Dressed like factory employees, the thieves made off with $36 million worth of electronic devices.
The theft occurred during the night shift, when about 200 Samsung employees were on duty. In order to make off with the goods, the criminals held some employees hostage and removed the batteries from other employees' phones, so no one would call police. All in all, they were able to make off with seven trucks full of Samsung goods, including tablets, notebooks, and smartphones.
While the heist was terrifying, no one was hurt or killed. The Samsung employees said the thieves were "not violent at any point." Police are investigating and believe it was an inside job, considering the great ease and speed with which the criminals made off with the products.
"We are very concerned about this incident," said Samsung in a statement, "Fortunately, nobody was hurt. We are fully cooperating with the ongoing police investigation, and we will do our best to avoid it happening again."
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