They stole $ 7,000 worth of graphics cards from an internet cafe!
With their ever increasing price and rarity, graphics cards are becoming the hardware equivalent of gold. Today, an interesting incident happened in China, and some thieves decided to take advantage of the current market by stealing a lot of graphics cards from an unsuspecting internet cafe and escaping with graphics cards worth around $ 8,000.
Chinese news source 浙 样 红 TV (via Tom’s Hardware)reported that six unspecified high-end graphics cards were stolen in the heist. The cafe’s owner told police they were worth around 7,000 yuan ($ 1,094) each, but judging from the site’s video, he put the total loss at 50,000 yuan ($ 7,812), possibly due to theft of motherboards. .
A planned theft of a video card!
The robbery was not a simple hit-and-run at midnight. One of the criminals first contacted the owner of the cafe to rent the building where he used a false identification. The perpetrator was also wearing a face mask due to the pandemic, which means the owner was unable to confirm that it was the same person on the ID card, yes, he could have asked him to remove the mask for a while.
Claiming that a friend had come to play, the thief asked the owner for a garbage bag to leave the room, at which point the cards and motherboards were seized. To be honest, unplugging and removing seven motherboards with graphics cards installed in the time it takes to pack a bag is pretty impressive.
Chip shortages, crypto miners, and swimmers have put the market in an even worse situation than when Bitcoin saw its first surge in late 2017. BTC hit the record high of $ 20,000 and caused huge lawsuits from miners, revealing something with what we’re all familiar with, like graphics card shortages and grossly inflated prices. Current problems have led to chaotic scenes like this one at the point of sale when stocks arrive. Consumers expect the crisis to end soon, but normalcy may not return until 2023.