Wii U heist successfully snaffles 7,000 consoles

Tuesday, 18th December 2012 23:28 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Thieves have made off with $2 million worth of Wii U consoles after a raid on a warehouse.

ABC News reports two diesel trucks rolled into a Nintendo distribution centre at SeaTac’s Seattle Air Cargo at about 9:00PM on a Saturday evening.

The thieves broke into the warehouse and used forklifts to grab about 7,000 consoles – $2 million worth – and loaded them onto two 53-foot semi-trailers and a third, smaller truck. They then legged it in the three stolen vehicles.

Staff turned up Sunday morning to find empty Nintendo pallets strewn about.

Kotaku confirmed with the King County Sheriff’s Office that the stolen devices were in fact Wii U’s, after some mainstream media confusion.

The Sherriff’s Office has requested consumers call 206-296-3311 to report any shady-seeming Wii U offers spotted on eBay or elsewhere. The stolen consoles may be traceable via serial number, as with a stolen shipment of Assassin’s Creed 3 in the Benelux last month, but Nintendo didn’t respond to Kotaku’s request for information.



  1. theevilaires

    This just in mass thievery linked to gaming. Because of video games thieves steal over 2 million worth Wii U’s which is considered Grand Theft and they used several “auto”mobiles to get away. Lets all not play our Wii U’s for a day….oh boy just had to get that stupidity out. Seems like video games are causing all kinds of crimes these days.

    Anyway this is bad news for Nintendo/retail stores who ordered them but good news for anyone who will get a Wii U for $200 :) ummm if anyone needs me I’ll be over on ebay ;)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. The_Red

    This is the proof that not only video games lead to violence, but they also motivate thievery among youths. Someone should ban video game consoles to prevent farther cases like this!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    You have got one buyer ready here for 200$ :P

    #3 2 years ago

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