A truckload of EVGA GPUs stolen in GTA-style heist

EVGA has been hit by a heist worthy of the silver screen. In a scene straight from Warmth or your favorite version of Grand Theft Auto, robbers intercepted a truckload of EVGA RTX 30 series graphics cards and made off with it. The company has not said how many cards were stolen, although it says they range from $330 to $1,959 in value.

EVGA product manager Jacob Freeman shared the news on the EVGA forums. While Freeman didn’t share the exact models that were stolen, the list prices show that some RTX 3060 and RTX 3090 models were among the stolen. There’s no telling how much value the total stolen shipment represents, but with some cards selling for nearly $2,000 each, it’s probably high.

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The robbery occurred on October 29 while a shipment of EVGA graphics cards was being transported from San Francisco to EVGA’s distribution center in Southern California. It is now unclear whether a single person carried out the robbery or whether it was a group.

Freeman took the time to remind the forum that it is illegal to purchase or receive stolen property under California law, and said EVGA will not honor warranties or upgrade claims on the stolen cards. This is an important note to keep in mind when shopping the second-hand market. If you are unable to register your graphics card with EVGA, there is a possibility that it came from the stolen shipment.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about GPU heists. In June, a thief in China managed to walk out of an Internet cafe with $8,000 worth of stolen graphics cards. And in April, Hong Kong authorities intercepted a boat smuggling somewhere between 300 GPUs from China.

It’s no secret that GPUs have been hard to come by over the past year. The GPU shortage has made it difficult for retailers to stock cards, and with a promising second-hand market outlook, scalpers have continued to take advantage of demand. An EVGA RTX 3090 sells for around $3,000 on eBay, so it’s no surprise that GPUs have become a worthy target.

EVGA has set up the email address stopRTX30theft@evga.com so that people can share any information related to the heist. If you encounter a stolen card while shopping, we recommend that you notify EVGA and the platform on which you purchased the card.

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