$1.7 Million Worth of BlackBerry PlayBooks Fall Off a Truck

Paul Lilly

Research In Motion can't seem to get a grip on this whole tablet thing, figuratively or literally. Playing out like an episode of The Sopranos, thieves hijacked a truck carrying 22 pallets of BlackBerry PlayBooks from an Indiana truck stop while the driver was using the local facilities to shower and grab a bite to eat. It's estimated the truck was carrying 5,000 PlayBook devices worth around $1.7 million.

According to The Verge , which first reported news of the grand theft auto, the truck is without a tracking device so it's impossible to tell for sure where it was headed. Local police believe one possible destination is Miami, apparently a popular place for stolen items. Police say up to five people may have participated in the heist, one of which might have left his fingerprints behind.

We won't label a $1.7 million loss a drop in the bucket, but in the grand scheme of things, it's not likely to alter the fate of the PlayBook, though the timing stinks. RIM has already taken a $485 million loss on PlayBook sales, and just last week the Canadian device maker announced it was delaying the launch of BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

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