Gangs are breaking into lorries that are transporting consoles and stealing PS5s – while they are still moving!
Remember the lorry heists from the original Fast and the Furious movie? Well, people are doing something similar in real life – and stealing PS5s with it.
The technique is known as 'the rollover' and involves multiple vehicles surrounding a lorry and boxing it in. Even at speeds of 50mph or more.
With the lorry trapped, a gang member then uses a rope to attach themselves to the lorry. They then climb across their own cars and use cutting tools to break into the lorry.
From there, they proceed to steal its contents, which recently have included PS5 consoles, among other things.
According to The Times newspaper, this 'rollover' stunt has been performed at least 27 times this year alone. Spiking since the release of the next-gen consoles.
How Are Criminals Stealing PS5s?
Reformed criminals told The Times that in order for these heists to work; the gang would need an 'inside man.' Someone who's tipped them off as to the lorries route and the nature of its contents - helping them to steal PS5s.
Something a representative of the Road Haulage Association agreed with. saying, "Somebody must know when and where that vehicle is, and it can't be just random that you are going to attack that. Somebody has done some tipping off."
Sony has not yet commented on the situation, but it's reasonable to assume they are not pleased. After all, both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are having a serious problem with scalpers – we imagine such criminality will only make this situation worse.
The issue with PS5 stock has already led to some questionable decisions from retailers.
In 2012, Romanian police actually caught someone performing 'the rollover' on camera. Check it out here.
You can also check out a fictionalized and exaggerated version of the stunt in a scene for the first Fast and Furious movie here. Although nobody was stealing PS5s in either video.