Hard drive distributor, eSys, has been robbed of approximately 2000 hard drives after a break-in at its Sydney factory over the weekend.
According to a statement released by New South Wales Police Media, Maxtor and Western Digital drives were stolen from eSys’ Silverwater Road factory at some time between midday on Sunday and 8am on Monday.
Ashish Kapahi, a spokesperson for eSys said he was unsure of when the theft occurred. “The police are investigating and I am sure they have some clues by now,” he said. “The timeframe is still unclear – it could have happened anytime between Saturday and Monday morning.”
Investigators are assuming the thieves entered the factory via the roof, cutting their way through a cement brick wall and forcing the locks off two shipping containers.
The distributor only recently moved its warehousing operations to the new premises. Kapahi said the robbery disrupted the distributor’s services for a few days until alternative arrangements could be made. “We are now back up and running and functioning as normal,” he said.
Kapahi said the nature of the robbery suggested a well planned operation. “The security was there – this was a very well planned and co-ordinated operation,” he said. “Whoever did this was aware of the security systems in place. They would have had to spend a fair bit of time in there – at least a few hours, to move that quantity of stock.”
New South Wales Police are seeking information from the public about a white 1995 Isuzu van, with registration plates WTC-100 and “The backbone of fashion” painted on its side. The stolen van may have been used to remove the property, Police said in a statement.
The distributor plans to send the Police and its reseller base a list of serial numbers to help track down the stolen stock.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Flemington police on 02 9646 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.