We’ve reported a few theories about how PS5s have been going missing in the UK, but we never expected to hear that gangs have stolen them from the back of delivery trucks while they’re driving.
The Times reports that PS5s – as well as TVs, cosmetics, mobile phones and cigarettes – have been stolen from trucks in movement on at least 27 occasions in the UK this year, with the figure apparently rising ahead of the Christmas period. Police have apparently contacted delivery firms about the tactic.
The technique, called a “rollover”, involves multiple cars boxing in a moving truck, with a thief (wearing a rope) leaving a car travelling behind to climb close, gain access to the back door, and throw the stolen goods back into the car they left, before climbing back in.
As we reported in our investigation into the UK’s missing PS5s, supply chains such as Amazon’s have high security for warehouses and delivery drivers are closely monitored to make sure they complete journeys. However, a career criminal told The Times that rollovers have become a popular tactic specifcially because of the comparable lack of security while deliveries are in motion. Police have advised that companies bolster security, or vary their routes.
It seems unlikely that this is the sole tactic leading to missing PS5s in the UK – many consoles have been “delivered”, only for recipients to find unrelated items in the boxes, and gangs stealing from moving trucks are probably not replacing the boxes they steal.
It’s part of a wider picture of problems that have made PS5s hard to find at retail price, from pre-order and launch day issues, to scalping organisations using bots, as well as theft. It’s been a widespread enough issue that even Saturday Night Live has covered it. In some better news, those in the UK who have had their PS5s mysteriously replaced are seemingly receiving units from Amazon’s next batch of stock.