Burglar Steals $40,000 Worth of Games From Valve

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			Sin Vega			Staff Writer		9th October:21PM

Home • PC Game News • 1 Someone stole Gabe Newell's minigun Sin Vega Staff Writer 9th October:21PM

An enterprising thief allegedly burgled Valve's Bellevue office last June, making off with a prop (I assume) minigun and an estimated $40,000 (£32k) worth of games and equipment.

"Shaputis told police "he got so many items, he didn't even remember what it all was, ' adding that he threw 'random items" into a rolling recycling bin he used to tote the stolen goods out of Valve's 11th floor office", Polygon quoted from court documents. He is not now being held by police, and there are multiple arrest warrants with his name on them.

Charges for the Valve burglary at the company's office in Lincoln Square were filed in September, as local news station KIRO 7 reports (via GamesIndustry.biz), but the break-ins date back to June of 2018.

Shaputis transported the pilfered goods to his vehicle using a recycling bin - this was no small task, as he allegedly snuck into and out of the building using the stairwell.

Police say they found unsold stolen items in the auto, which is partly how they connected the burglaries to Shaputis.

Shaputis is also wanted on a number of other charges, including stealing a FedEx truck in 2018 and leading police on a high-speed chase. If he does not, another warrant will be issued for his arrest, and he will likely be brought in physically by police. He was later seen in security footage selling 43 of the stolen games to GameStop for $336 (£270).

Whether any company secrets were stolen is unknown, but presumably Valve has devices containing sensitive material well-secured, so that physical access would not be enough to unlock their secrets.

I've contacted Valve to ask about the nature of what was stolen and what has been recovered, though it's unlikely the company will comment on the case.

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