A group of thieves entered a Sydney warehouse three times in two days to steal over $1 million worth of electrical goods, including flat screen TVs and digital cameras.
Lawyers for the men will argue that the group was merely participating in a massive two-day warehouse clearance.
Although the thieves did not pay anything for the goods, Bing Lee sales assistants insisted that the they would have had the opportunity to get a better price if they had negotiated in store.
Early reports indicate that the thieves declined to purchase monster cables, extended warranty or surge protectors for the equipment, a decision derided by industry insiders as “reckless” and “low-margin”.
The theft shows that despite the recession, and the slump it has caused in electronics sales, some consumers are still ready to do a deal if offered no-deposit, no-interest, no-repayment terms.
Members of the public who are offered large quantites of electrical goods at unbelievable prices are urged to contact police, who will beat any genuine offer.