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​The Same Guy Burgled Valve’s Offices Multiple Times, Stealing Equipment And Games

​The Same Guy Burgled Valve’s Offices Multiple Times, Stealing Equipment And Games

Half-Life and Steam developer Valve has filed charges against a guy who robbed their offices four or five times. 32-year-old Shawn Shaputis broke into Valve's offices, taking equipment and games worth $40,000, and wheeling his haul out to his car in a bin. He then took the stolen goods to a Game Stop to sell them on.

According to a report on KIRO 7, Shaputis was previously arrested in July 2018 for stealing a FedEx truck and leading the police on a high-speed chase. He was arrested for other burglaries just the week before on June 29 2018. Shaputis is due to appear in court for his crimes later today, and if he doesn't appear then new warrants will be issued for his arrest.

While Valve is only filing the charges against Shaputis now, the burglaries date back to June 2018.

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This isn't the first time Valve's been stolen from, back in 2003, a German hacker called Axel Gembe stole the source code for the then unreleased Half-Life 2. Valve worked with the FBI and German police to arrest Gembe, and the Half-Life 2's release was delayed as a result.

It's not clear what equipment and games were stolen from Valve. Though, if it included work machines, they could well have held company secrets, including source code from unreleased games. So, while the actual loss may be $40,000, the material on the machines may be worth a lot more.

It's mad to think how easy the burglaries were for Shaputis. Apparently he snuck up a staircase to Valve's floor and then went from desk to desk filling a wheelie bin with equipment. It's hardly the heist you might expect. Still, if it's after hours, would you question someone walking a recycling bin around?

Got to say, it's disappointing a crowbar wasn't used at any point.

Featured Image Credit: Valve

Topics: video games, Valve, gamingbible

Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]