$1 Million in BlackBerry Smartphones Stolen
Last weekend, thieves made off with around $1.1 million in BlackBerry smartphones. Happening sometimes between August 19th and 20th, suspects stole from a Mississauga warehouse.
According to the Peel Regional Police, thieves entered the warehouse and stole three skids of packaged smartphones which results in 2,700 phones stolen. The BlackBerrys in question are described as white or grey BlackBerry Torch 9810s. Of the stolen phones it is speculated that 900 are grey and 1800 are white.
Peel Regional Police say there is no suspect information at this time.
The phones' Identification and PIN numbers from the stolen phones have been recorded by the police. Those found with the stolen phones in their possession will be charged with a criminal offense.
The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is a touch screen smartphone with slide-out keyboard, the first BlackBerry to feature the combination Querty keyboard and full touch screen experience. Featuring a 5 MP camera with flash and 720p HD Video recording, the phone provides ease of use when capturing fun moments. Offering consumers the BlackBerry 7 OS, and 8GB of memory, the phone has been successful on the market.
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