A new case has surfaced where a man has been arrested for allegedly stealing 4,200 Xiaomi smartphones. According to a report in the Economic Times, the man was produced in the city court, and was sent to the judicial custody. The stolen smartphones are roughly valued over Rs 87 lakhs, the police report said.
Xiaomi smartphones, especially the entry-level and mid-range ones, have been highly popular among the users, which could be one reason why the man stole those phones. The report further states that the Xiaomi smartphones were stolen from the company’s warehouse in Gurugram in one go.
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According to the ET report, the man named Ramesh is from Bihar. He and three of his accomplices broke into a Xiaomi owned warehouse in May, and stole phones, along with home appliances such as washing machines and other products. There is no word on whether or not his accomplices have been arrested. It is also worth pointing out the Xiaomi hasn’t launched any washing machine in India, so there is no word on whether it was of some other company, or the Chinese smartphone manufacturer was planning to introduce a new product category altogether.
The report cites ACP Shamsher Singh, who mentioned that the police team has managed to recover almost all stolen Xiaomi phones that were reported missing. Once more details of the investigation is available, we expect more details around the burglary.
This is not the first time such an incident is reported. In November last year, Apple iPhone X units were stolen from a UPS truck in San Francisco valued $370,000 (approximately Rs 25,900,600). In September 2016, two men in Delhi were arrested for stealing iPhones worth Rs 2.25 crores.