It seems Australia's suppliers aren't the only ones clambering to get a piece of Harris Technology's success.
Over $200,000 worth of newly-arrived Toshiba, Compaq and IBM notebooks were stolen during a daring dawn break-in yesterday at the company's North Sydney retail operation.
"They got in by cutting a hole in the fire escape door," HT managing director, Ron Harris said. "As soon as they gained entry, an alarm went off and they were gone by the time police arrived six or seven minutes later.
"They must have had a team of guys. We still have quite a bit of product here, but they were in for long enough to do some damage," Harris said.
As computers become increasingly commoditised, getting rid of stock through black market channels is getting easier and product is more of a target for average mug criminals. The total value of the 44 missing notebooks came to $205,946, Harris said.
The stock that disappeared had only just arrived at the shop, but Harris said it didn't appear to be an inside job. "I can't be sure of that, but you only have to walk into the store to see we usually have pretty good stock levels and they didn't take all of our best notebooks," Harris said.
Though more likely to turn up at computer swap meets, pubs and the Trading Post, dealers are warned to be wary of any cheap notebooks from unauthorised channels. Missing product included IBM TP i-series and Thinkpad notebooks, Compaq Presario 1260s and 1660s as well as various Toshiba Portege and Satellite models.
A full range of serial numbers is listed on Harris Technology's Web site as North Sydney police investigate the incident. Anyone with information can contact the police on (02) 9956 3199.