Monday, February 28, 2011

Team of 15 Thieves in Matching Clothes Stage High-Tech Fremont Heist

By Anneli Rufus
Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 7:34 PM

A crew of fifteen thieves — ski-masked, armed, and dangerous — pulled off a painstakingly well-organized heist at a Fremont high-tech manufacturing company yesterday.

According to the Mercury-News, the robbers comprised a "sophisticated team," bearing rifles and handguns and clad in "matching black clothing" as they entered Unigen Corporation "a little after 8:40 a.m." Working quickly, the robbers bound, blindfolded, and gagged five Unigen employees, whose wallets and cell phones they stole.

After then stealing a "significant amount" of computer components, according to local police — as reported in the Mercury-News — the thieves fled in a vehicle resembling a moving van.

The entire heist took about half an hour.

Unigen's website describes the company, founded in 1991, as "a leader in the design and manufacture of OEM memory, DC-DC power converter, wired and wireless communication, and flash solutions." Maintaining offices in Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China as well as in Fremont, the company has certainly had its ups and downs lately. Last week, it was awarded the Cisco Supplier of the Year Award in the Diversity Supplier category. And now this. When will the roller-coaster ride end?

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