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In a flash: rash of memory chip thefts hit Valley.

FREMONT, CA -- At least 18 Silicon Valley high-tech firms have been hit by a gang of robbers this year and hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment stolen. The thieves are targeting chips, flash memory cards and electronic devices, say persons familiar with the crimes.

Police have identified a silver minivan with a skull and crossbones in the back license plate area as a common vehicle in many of the robberies. In many instances, a woman distracts delivery workers by asking for directions. On July 26, a delivery truck at Viva Computers in Fremont was robbed of CPUs and hard drives valued at $13,000. Other firms recently targeted have been Bell Microproducts in San Jose, which has been hit several times, and Advanced Micro Devices.
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Title Annotation:Industry NEWS
Publication:Circuits Assembly
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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