6/23/2010 11:58:00 AM
Attempted theft of BlackBerrys from Bulk GSM thwarted
Mobile wholesalers, Bulk GSM have raised the alarm for other wholesalers after being targeted by a gang claiming to be customs officers.
A group of nine men and four vehicles went to the wholesaler’s headquarters at around 20:45 last week. There were 3,000 BlackBerrys on the premises.
The men posing as customs officers entered the building, claiming they wanted to search the premises, wearing high visibility jackets with police on the front and back, carrying batons and truncheons.
The group was stopped by Bulk GSM, director of sales Sam who asked them to produce a search warrant before they continued. When the gang was unable to produce the correct documentation, Sam raised the alarm and the gang fled.
The getaway vehicle was later recovered by police. CCTV footage has revealed a white Mercedes Vito Van and a 7.5 ton truck. The picture above shows the intruders in the building. The police are now conducting a full investigation. The entire incident took place in under two minutes.
Director of Bulk GSM, Imran Hasan had this to say: “We had a small team working late to meet a software customisation request for 3,000 BlackBerry handsets for a European Network. I am grateful no one was hurt in the incident and applaud Sam’s quick thinking. He saved everyone from what could have been a truly harrowing experience. Whilst its business as usual back at Bulk, I will be undertaking a full review of our security procedures.”
Bulk GSM new business development director, Kavi Wadhwani said: ‘We wanted to raise awareness. People should not be intimidated or fazed by people turning up at the door and pretending to be from customs or police.