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Truck full of 5,200 PlayBooks stolen

A truck containing more than 5,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computers has been stolen from a truck stop in Indiana.

RIM shipment was worth at least $2M

Dale Courville uses the RIM PlayBook in Toronto. A thief made off with more than 5,000 of the devices in a stolen truck last week. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

A truck containing more than 5,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computers has been stolen from a truck stop in Indiana.

Police in Chesterfield, Ind., said a tractor-trailer with 22 pallets full of the Research in Motion devices — up to 5,200 individual units — was stolen from a Pilot truck stop on Interstate 69 while the driver was inside purchasing food on Thursday.

When he emerged, the truck and its contents were gone.

Local police and the FBI are said to be co-operating on the investigation. It's believed the devices could be on their way to the South Florida area.

The cheapest PlayBook model retails for $199, which means the shipment was worth at least $2 million. But some models of the device sell for as much as $699.

"RIM is aware of the reported theft and is working with authorities," Waterloo-based RIM said. "We'll keep you posted if there are any further details to share."

Too easy for kids to get porn on BlackBerry: report   

In a separate development, RIM has reportedly been called on the carpet in Britain because children can view pornography on its BlackBerry phones, the London Telegraph reported Tuesday.

The paper said the United Kingdom's telecommunications regulator is concerned about the issue, which doesn't affect other phones.

Mobile phone operators can put filters on devices like Apple's iPhone, but they don't work on the BlackBerry because it uses its own services for data.

RIM has a filtering system and offered it to the British networks, but only one reportedly adopted the filter.

There are an estimated eight million BlackBerry users in Britain, many of them teenagers.

With files from The Canadian Press

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