Thieves aren’t interested in Blackberries, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want RIM’s PlayBooks tablets.
$1.7 million in Playbooks was recently stolen off a truck on its way from Plainfield, Indianapolis to Ontario, Canada. While the driver took a short pit-stop in Madison County, thieves stole 22 pallets of PlayBooks, totaling 5,200 devices.
The best part is that the stolen goods weren’t geotagged by RIM’s supplier, Brightpoint, meaning that thousands of GPS-equipped tablets are basically untraceable. The local police and FBI are on the hunt.
Given RIM’s less-than-impressive earnings report last quarter, a hit like this is the last thing the company needs. RIM has been offering the PlayBook for $200, but some apparently think it’s better priced at free.