A Washington man has been charged with breaking into Valve and carting $40,000 USD price of stolen video games and gear away in a wheelie bin.
As reported by Washington information station KIRO 7, 32-year-old Shawn Shaputis broke into Valve’s places of work in Lincoln Square’s south tower – a constructing which, as famous by PC Gamer, Valve shares with the likes of Epic Games, The Pokmon Company, Samsung, and Unity – 4 or 5 occasions in the course of the housebreaking spree in 2018.
Each time, in accordance with police, Shaputis would wheel a recycling bin into the constructing’s stairwell, fill it with video games and gear, then wheel it again out to his automobile.
It was that automobile, a particular Geo Prizm, that finally helped police observe Shaputis down following the burglaries, with officers discovering stolen items that had but to be pawned contained in the car on the time of his arrest. Police later secured video footage of Shaputis allegedly trying to promote the stolen video games at a Game Stop.
Shaputis was arrested for the theft in June 2018 (and was concerned in a 100mph pursuit by means of downtown Seattle in a stolen Fed Ex truck every week later), however expenses for the burglaries weren’t filed till final month, at a time when there have been already sixwarrants for his arrest.
The accused is due in court docket this Wednesday, and KIRO 7 notes that a additional warrant will likely be issued if Shaputis fails to show up.