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GOing, GOing, GONE! 1350 TomTom GOs Stolen.

 
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MikeB
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:41 pm    Post subject: GOing, GOing, GONE! 1350 TomTom GOs Stolen. Reply with quote

Earlier this week Bedfordshire Police contacted me about a large number of stolen TomTom GO 300 satnav systems (it wasn't me honest guv!). These were all boxed and palleted and were taken from a distribution centre in Luton.

Nearly 1350 GOs were taken in the raid, and are expected to be turning up for sale in the usual locations in the very near future. If you are suspicious about the origin of your GO then you can check the serial number against a list of stolen devices. Click here to download the Excel file with all the serial numbers of the stolen TomTomGOs.

Bedfordshire Police Press Release wrote:
November 24, 2005

Large Scale Satellite Navigation Theft

Detectives in Luton are appealing for information following the theft of £300,000 worth of satellite navigation systems from a storage building on Sunday night (November 20).

The theft of around 1350 machines occurred from the premises, which is on an industrial estate on the outskirts of Luton sometime between 6pm – 11pm.

Offenders forced entry into the building before stealing the machines, which were loaded on pallets waiting to be forwarded on to retailers. It is believed they used a red van to help remove them from the premises, which was later found empty and abandoned in Campton at around 11.45pm. CCTV footage shows three offenders were responsible for the theft.

Dc Keren Coton, from the Burglary and Autocrime Unit at Luton Police Station, said the theft had been well planned and is appealing for anyone with information to come forward. She said:

“Clearly the offenders new exactly when to strike as the satellite navigation systems were all packed up, loaded and ready to go. They must have planned how they were going to steal them and also have made arrangements in advance to sell them on. These kits sell for around £200 - £300 each and they won’t be able to store that many of them indefinitely, so they will be trying to get rid of them very quickly. If anyone is offered them for sale, or has information about who is responsible for this theft, please contact the police.”

Bedfordshire Police has linked up with an Internet site, which has created a national database for stolen and recovered satellite navigation systems, which are being increasingly stolen across the county.

The Pocket GPS World web site allows people to monitor stolen products and reunite them with their owners if offered for sale at a later date. The database can be found by logging on to www.pocketgpsworld.com

The serial numbers of the stolen satellite navigation systems from the recent haul are being posted on the web site so that anyone offered machines for sale can check to see if they are in fact stolen.

Dc Coton added; “The satellite navigation systems will not doubt be popular Christmas presents this year, so the black market could about to be flooded with them. Please make sure you buy your equipment from a reputable dealer, as this is the only way we will ever discourage people from stealing them in the first place.”

Anyone with information about the theft should contact Dc Keren Coton, in confidence, on 01582 394145 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow £500,000.00 worth of stuff gone

must add that place to my POI list under category of stupidly easy places to rob Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess that if they know all of the serial numbers for the units stolen you wouldn’t be able to register them with tom tom or update them thus rendering them worthless ??
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, has anybody thought of forwarding this list to ebay?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kar98 wrote:
Well, has anybody thought of forwarding this list to ebay?

Why? Sellers don't normally publish the Serial No.s and besides eBay couldn't care less.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i can just see the ebay listing now

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TOM TOM GO 300/500/700 NOT NAVMAN

UNWANTED CHRISTMAS PRESENT

1350 AVAILABLE
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even the Metropolitan police do not care about stolen sat nav devices - even if you give them the home address of a known car thief. There's still a guy perpetually selling stolen sat nav devices on eBay who was reported by another eBay user three weeks ago! The police have even rung me about this man and don't seem to have done anything since then. He's since listed about 4 more stolen sat navs of various types (not a single one of which had a box/manual/CD/receipt/activation card etc). Very frustrating.

Send me a private message if you want to know his user ID.
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