Modern Warfare 3 Thieves Crash Into Van Carrying 6,000 Copies
By Matt Peckham
Remember when a pair of robbers with semi-automatic handguns stole over 100 copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops at gunpoint? Here we go again, only extreme style: Up to 6,000 copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s were reportedly stolen by thieves in France on Saturday morning.
I say “stolen” and you’re probably thinking some guys walked into a warehouse, then walked out with a few palette’s worth of product. Think again: These thieves targeted and then crashed a car into a van loaded with thousands of copies of the game, driving in southern Paris.
According to French site TFI News, after the car crashed into the van, two individuals wearing masks emerged and used tear gas—that’s right, tear gas—to subdue the truck drivers. They then absconded with the truck, reported to be carrying some 6,000 copies of Modern Warfare 3 estimated in value at about 400,000 euros (about $550,000 USD).
It’s like an episode of Breaking Bad, only with video games (and real). What’s next? Will game shipments require armored cars and guards with guns?
Anticipation for Modern Warfare 3, which debuts tonight at midnight, is sky high. The second disc of two from the PC version was reportedly stolen in late October, with pirated versions appearing on torrent sites a few days later.