Millions Worth of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Stolen

It was officially reported in our new Alleyside Daily series just the other day that thieves weren’t interested in stealing some mobile devices over others. Namely, BlackBerry devices and Android devices over Apple’s successful iPhone, respectively. However, that bit of news doesn’t go to say that thieves won’t steal RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook, a dying [dead] tablet that hasn’t seen the light over its iPad and Android competitors.

A shipment of 22 pallets of the tablet was headed to Ontario, Canada from Plainfield, Indianapolis via truck when the trucker decided to make a one-hour stop. Returning to the location where he had parked, he was faced with no truck. It had been stolen with 5,200 units of the device inside, approximately ranging between a total price range of $1.7 million and $5 million, dependent on each device’s capacity. The device is available in three versions: 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB priced at a discounted price of $199.99, $249.99 and $399.99, respectively.

The irony of the whole situation is that the truck wasn’t outfitted with any sort of tracking mechanic, courtesy of RIM’s supply partner, Brightpoint. So FBI are currently investigating the crime in hopes of recovering the stolen goods. The other part is that each device should have GPS-tracking included within.

The significance? We were just discussing about how RIM is losing incredibly to the other alike devices from other manufacturers that have been successful in the past year. In fact, the PlayBook has been so inferior, that RIM will probably start to try and get rid of their inventory of the failing tablet as soon as possible. While this news certainly isn’t going to help the company achieve anything financially, I see some good news in the whole jumble of things: atleast they got rid of a chunk of the tablets pretty quickly to people who actually wanted it.

If you live in New York and are offered a PlayBook real cheap, you probably don’t want to accept it…(reference)

Humor aside (from the past two paragraphs), I really do hope that they recover the stolen tablets. Regardless of whether or not how well the tablet is doing when stacked against its competition, no one deserves to simply rob the company of what was rightfully theirs.

[Via Herald Bulletin]