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Armed Robbers Target Computer Chips

British crime gangs are switching from hijacking security vans carrying cash to trucks transporting millions of pounds worth of computer chips. A spate of robberies on vehicles leaving Heathrow airport has prompted the police to set up a covert operation against the armed raiders. In the most recent attack, this month, a truck carrying £7 million ($20.1 million) of computer equipment was hijacked as it left the airport. Organised criminals are believed to be shipping many of the stolen computer chips to the Far East and Eastern Europe, where they are used in pirated hardware as part of a thriving black market. Other stolen goods are being sold via bogus companies on the internet. The components are easy to smuggle – a suitcase could hold £500,000 ($1.4m) worth of chips. Gangs are believed to be switching their attention to vehicles loaded with computers, microchips, and mobile phones, partly because the security surrounding them is lax compared with cash vans. The risk involved in attacking a cash van was shown last week when a robber was shot dead with his own gun in a scuffle with a guard during the attempted robbery of an armoured van in Leytonstone, east London. Full Story

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