Real Life “Phantom” Gadget Heists

This is one of my favorite crime stories of the year: the burglary ring pulling off huge, mind-boggling jobs in Oklahoma. You have to read the details to even begin to grasp the organization and moxie — and possibly advanced tech — employed in their capers. They are unknown, and at large. From Gizmodo:

There’s a group out in Tulsa who does whatever it takes to get their haul. They cut open ceilings and walls, rappel down surfaces, disable security systems—even climb through air ducts—and manage to make off with $60,000 to $400,000 per strike. And all without leaving a trace of their identity. Sound a bit like the movies? It does to us, too, but we can’t help but imagine what kind of gadgetry these guys carry with them.
Now they’ve turned their eyes toward electronic heists. At a Best Buy in Tulsa, the burglars entered the store by breaching the ceiling, rappelling down to the store office and cutting a hole into it, taking care of the alarms and surveillance of the store, and then took around 50 laptops and 60-inch plasma TVs. And then they took the safe, weighing a few thousand pounds, which is evidently a trademark of this particular ring.
Their earlier exploits make equally interesting reads. (…)


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