Hillarious follow-up to that Best Buy MBP robbery story.

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  1. cloudcity macrumors newbie

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    So, a few weeks ago some robbers scaled a wall at Best Buy, cut a hole in the roof, rappelled in, and stole $20k of MBP's.

    A few of us were discussing how dumb it was to risk your life and going to prison for what would only yield a few thousand dollars for each member of the crew.

    I think they stepped their game up, and I'm not joking, this was in the same area:

    "Thieves scaled a wall at a pharmaceutical warehouse over the weekend, cut a hole in the roof and rappelled inside to steal about $70 million in antidepressants and other prescription drugs, authorities said Tuesday. "
     
  2. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    Awesome thread, by the way, anyone need some Paxil? Going cheap..?
     
  3. eat me macrumors member

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    lol healthcare is expensive in America. Seriously, how many tablets do you need to nick for $70 mil?
     
  4. lacoste-rocker macrumors regular

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    Lol **** I would say they are on a whole other level now.
    It's going to suck when they get caught though, they will get put away for a long ass time.
     
  5. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    Says something about Best Buy that it was there practice run. Or maybe they just needed some MBPs to help them plan their heist.
     
  6. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    They are referring to street value. Avg anti-depressant prescription cost for non-generic (e.g. Zoloft) for a 25 mg qd (30 tab) is about $120. Average cost per pill is thus $4. But in reality, the pill probably only costs a few cents to manufacture and distribute.
     
  7. Hands Sandon macrumors 6502

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    And the government (us) pay over half of the research costs. Crazy.
     
  8. TechieJustin macrumors 6502

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    Interesting.
    The problem is how are they going to fence the stuff? In the US you can only get prescription drugs form authorized wholesalers.
     
  9. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    True, but street sales of benzos and amphetamines are quite common. Obviously it would be illegal, but people need their fix. :mad:
     
  10. lacoste-rocker macrumors regular

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    Yes they do and they will pay whatever to get it.
     
  11. solarein macrumors regular

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    Well, the same area as in Northeastern United States.

    The Best Buy theft: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/03/acrobatic_thieves_hit_nj_best.html
    The Eli Lilly theft: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hIOYuBBb6-9FPo4fUNycrXS8q-EwD9EFTH2G1

    But the modus operandi are strikingly similar, so there may really be something to this...
     
  12. lacoste-rocker macrumors regular

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    It's a international theft ring :eek:
     
  13. o'malley macrumors newbie

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    They would have stolen 20% more if they'd waited for Arrandale.
     
  14. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    It might be coincidental, but actually there was Burn Notice episode with a very very similar tactical move. For those who don't know, Burn Notice is a spy show that plays on the USA network. Anyways, the episode probably aired about 5-6 weeks ago (I'm not sure of the exact date), but they pull of a very similar operation.
     
  15. cswee10582 macrumors newbie

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    I don't think people who do this are very concerned with the legality of things :D

    Chris
     
  16. lacoste-rocker macrumors regular

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    Damn Copy cats no one is original anymore.
     
  17. Skuman macrumors member

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    My thoughts exactly. If they'd stolen them from a warehouse in another country, it would have only been $10 million.
     
  18. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    True.

    You can also find many "authorized wholesalers" on a street corner near you. :D
     
  19. Skuman macrumors member

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    There is (effectively) no street value in antidepressants.
     
  20. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    It may not be as high as other narcotics, but there certainly is enough of a "street value" to make its dealings worthwhile. I refer you to "Black-Market Value of Antipsychotics, Antidepressants, and Hypnotics in Las Vegas, Nevada" in Am. J. Psych. for reference. The range is between 50 to over 500 bucks for a bottle of 30 pills. The range extends far higher than that for other psychiatric drugs.
     
  21. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Your very wrong about that.
     
  22. clindner macrumors regular

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    What about the MBPs?

    Wouldn't the serial numbers of the stolen machines get flagged, so that a trip to the Apple Store would alert them to call the cops?
     
  23. gfiz macrumors 6502

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    haha, made me chuckle. :D
     
  24. Black Mesa macrumors newbie

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    Makes prefect sense, the robbers needed 70 million $ worth of antidepressants for themselves after they learned the MBPs they had stolen weren't refreshed Arrandales. :D
     
  25. Skuman macrumors member

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    Ok, I stand corrected. There is no street value of antidepressants in New Zealand.
     

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