Garbage collector faces prison for stealing mining equipment from Russian employer
After stealing his employer’s Bitcoin mining equipment, a 46-year-old garbage collector from Tyumen, Russia, is facing ten years in prison.
- Local resident notified police about stolen crypto property out of garage
- Garbage collector facing prison for stealing mining equipment from Russian employer
- Russia still not recognizing Bitcoin as legal tender
A local resident notified the police about the stolen property, estimating a million rubles’ worth of losses, Komsomolskaya Pravda reports.
The garbage man was subsequently taken into custody after the theft was discovered.
The thief saw a large quantity of costly computer hardware being stored in the victim’s garage.
After the residents had gone out, an intruder broke into their home through an unlocked window and took their mining equipment.
He divided the stolen goods into two batches: one was taken by taxi to Yekaterinburg, while the other was given to people he knew who would sell it.
The cops have taken possession of the stolen mining equipment and informed the owners that they will be restored soon.
The garbage collector will be detained until the trial.
In Russia, one of the most enthusiastic nations about crypto adoption, theft of mining hardware is not uncommon.
On February 20th, in Khabarovsk Krai, two armed men captured a crypto farm.
In the beginning of 2018, a gang from Moscow stole 600 mining rigs.
Earlier this month, a man in Rostov-on-Don was charged with the theft of 300 graphics cards and 500 motherboards.
Even if it’s still cheap to mine crypto, this situation is becoming increasingly dangerous for those who want to keep their equipment secure.
Russian police are still looking for the intruders who beat their victims and stole 24 mining rigs.
Unfortunately, due to Russia’s strict laws against Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, miners are often perceived as criminals and not much action is taken to help the victims recover lost funds.
Dmitry Peskov, the official representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, claimed that Russia has no reason to recognize Bitcoin as legal tender, local news agency RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.
The Russian government keeps insisting that payments in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin would ruin its financial system.