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By | Joe Fay 14th July 2010 13:25

Thieves steal 3,000 laptops from US Special Ops contractor

9-hour military operation burglary

Thieves lifted 3,000 laptops from a military contractor for the US Special Operations Command in a leisurely nine-hour robbery back in March, it has emerged.

According to the St Petersburg Times the brazen bandits loaded a brace of trucks with the lappies and a pile of other kit in the robbery at the offices of US contractor iGov.

iGov, which is inevitably based in Virginia, snagged a $450m contract earlier this year to supply mobile kit to Special Ops Command. That deal presumably included the 3,000 Panasonic Toughbooks filched in the raid. iGov likely also has some hard explaining to do to the Pentagon.

To add insult to injury, the St Petersburg Times said the entire nine-hour robbery was captured on a surveillance camera. The burglars apparently broke into the building through the roof.

The robbery occurred on a Saturday, which presumably iGov declares as the day of rest for threats to world peace everywhere

With claimed specialities in mobile tactical comms and Command Centre/Situational awareness iGov describes itself as "an efficient, lean organization with an eye on the future". Just, sadly not on the security cameras.

Company officials refused to comment to the paper.

Government officials told the Associated Press that none of the swiped laptops contained any military info.

An FBI and Miami-Dade PD investigation has so far recovered around 1,911 items. ®

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