Thieves nab 22,500 LG G2's in truck heist

Thieves nab 22,500 LG G2's in truck heist
You really need to be on your toes at all times, even when you go for a bathroom break, because that's all it took for thieves to take off with a bunch of LG G2 handsets recently. Apparently, a truck full of LG G2 handsets was on its way to Louisville, Kentucky when it was stolen, the truck and all. In total, this lead to 22,500 LG smartphones being taken.

It seems that while the truck was on its way to Louisville to a Sprint store, the driver took a bathroom break, and when he came out of the john he found his truck along with all of its cargo missing. The Indiana and Illinois state police have been contacted, as well as the FBI, but as yet there are no leads. 

Of course, because these devices were on their way to Sprint, that means they need CDMA authentication to be of any use, so it's questionable how valuable these devices will even be to the persons who stole the truck. Presumably, Sprint has record of the IMEI numbers of each device on that shipment, so it will be interesting to see if this theft is tracked down fairly quickly. 

source: CNET

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39 Comments

1. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Lol Kinda stupid to steal CDMA phones. It be different if they were GSM..there are many tricks to those.

19. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I'd like to know where was Vin Diesel at the time of the theft. Seriously, I couldn't find an original news source to get the details so I'll have to speculate. I don't think it was important about where it was going, but from where. If it came from a distribution center known for shipping LG electronics, the thieves may have been hoping for flat screens or some other high end (phones included). The story sounds suspect, so if i were investigating this, I'd suspect the driver.

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

If they sell each phone for about 500, I believe thats a little over 11 mil, they did better than TVs in that regard. But they were unlucky that they were CDMA phones, not much for a market for those in or outside the US.

2. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

The thieves obviously obviously didn't know much about phones. CDMA...smh.

4. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Or maybe those were secret Nexus 5's; hence the wait.

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

way to steal a truck full of tracking devices guy...

34. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

RFLMAO

5. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Some body explain to me why its a bad thing they stole CDMA phones...

7. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

No sim card, carrier must activate them.

11. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Actually all new Sprint and Verizon LTE phones do have SIM cards. However, as far as I know they still require CDMA authentication with the network, even if they are international (global GSM) unlocked.

28. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Good to know, thanks. So what is the SIM card on a CDMA network used for?

29. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

LTE is a GSM based technology and requires a SIM / IMEI for authentication with the LTE network.

38. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

its used for data

12. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

There are ways around that depending on if the IMEI numbers are in the system or not. There are some less than reputable third party dealers who would flash these phones to other CDMA carriers for the right price. I'm not sure if they still can, but that was possible a little while ago.

14. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Anyone could flash these phones to something like cricket, I personally think cricket should participate in the blacklist program.

36. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Coma is paper weight to 3rd world.. If they can't make it work with 3rd world sim it's paper weight

6. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Waiting for a GTA joke, I can't come up with one.

31. kingkoopa765

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

haha I was gonna say someone's been playing a little too much GTA5...

8. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

They can still be nice 5.2 inch wifi tablets. Thats about it.

20. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

they can sell it overseas. euro or in south america. atleast they get little bit money from their work

9. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

well atlease they have the truck...

18. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I bet they were really after the gas...forget the truck lol.

21. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

nah, they needed a ride to the next town. then ditch the truck

32. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Hehe probably.

10. HASHTAG unregistered

Well since the article didn't mention it, why didn't the driver take the keys out of the ignition? Though he may have, but got jacked. Otherwise, dumb thieves.

22. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

trucks are difficult to start, rather have the truck run the whole day and never turn it off , until to the last destination

13. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Stealing isn't cool guys, I notice a lot of people saying they were dumb for taking CDMA phones but regardless they stole they're already idiots... Contribute to society...

15. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

broke b*tches in need of a good phone and a vehicle

16. TwentyWendy

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

People think the thieves are dumb for robbing cdma, but they failed to realise they're hired to do so, in order to claim insurance checks :3

17. androidrocks

Posts: 62; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Those phones might end up on eBay

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