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Indiana thieves steal 20,000 LG G2 smartphones

updated 05:45 pm EDT, Sat October 26, 2013

Thieves make off with truck filled with LG G2 units

A truck filled with units of LG's G2 flagship phone was stolen from a truck stop in Gary, Ind., on Thursday when the truck's driver stepped away for a bathroom break. CNet reported this week that the thief or thieves made away with 22,500 G2 units. The G2 units were slated for delivery to Sprint, which will begin carrying the smartphone next month.

The robbery occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, and it us unclear whether the thieves knew what cargo the truck was hauling. The Indiana and Illinois state police have been contacted, as well as the FBI.

The G2 is LG's latest attempt at expanding its share of the high-end smartphone market, a segment dominated by Apple and Samsung. The device's volume and power controls are located on its back, a design decision that LG says will improve functionality. Since launching the handset on more than 130 carriers worldwide, LG has spent millions on marketing it. LG pointed to that marketing expenditure as a reason for its profit underperformance in the last quarter.

Electronics theft has become more of an issue as such devices have grown in popularity. The last few years are peppered with incidents of sizable hauls from Apple Stores and other electronics retailers.

by MacNN Staff




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