Brazil bandits steal $6.3m of phones, computers

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Bandits attacked a Samsung Electronics Co Ltd factory near Sao Paulo late Sunday and held workers hostage while they robbed truckloads of smartphones, tablets and notebook computers the company valued at about $6.3 million.


The dramatic heist, carried out by armed robbers who carjacked a shuttle used by factory employees, took place overnight during nearly four hours in Campinas, an industrial hub in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo.


A spokesman for the state's public security secretariat said the bandits made off with seven trucks laden with more than 40,000 Samsung products. State police are investigating the attack, he added, but said no suspects have yet been identified.


Police earlier Monday valued the loot at up to $36 million, but Samsung later said it was much lower. Samsung said that about 50 employees were held hostage during the robbery, but declined to give further details.


"We have cooperated fully with the police investigation that is underway and will do our best to avoid any sort of repeat incident," said Samsung Eletronica da Amazonia Ltda, the manufacturing unit of the Korean electronics giant in Brazil, in a statement.

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