Police have arrested two men in two separate undercover operations to recover more than #500,000-worth of memory. The modules had been stolen while in transit at Heathrow airport.
Police nabbed both suspects through a sting in which the victim companies went out to the black market to buy back the stolen chips. Police traced the two men, both described as freelance computer engineers, by back-tracking through a web of brokers.
The memory modules in the first case came from a Californian memory module maker and carried a retail value of #234,000. The case is expected to go to court later this month.
The stolen chips in the second case were from a Korean vendor and had a retail price of #380,000.
The thieves, who stood to make half the shipment value, are probably the first in the UK to come to court for chip theft, police said.
Thefts of computer parts from Heathrow airport have become an increasingly frequent problem over the last year, said police, who suspect warehouse office staff are aiding the robbers.
The number of brokers in the memory supply chain made it difficult to collect evidence in cases of chip theft, police said.
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