A 32-year-old Washington man has been charged for a 2018 break-in at developer Valve Corporation’s Bellevue headquarters.
Shawn Shaputis, who reportedly additionally stole a FedEx truck in July, was charged on Sept. 25 with one depend of housebreaking and one other for the trafficking of stolen property, Bellevue police informed Polygon. (Local information station KIRO7 first reported the news.) Police say Shaputis broke into Lincoln Square South by coming into by a public restaurant and gained entry to the Valve’s 11th ground workplace on June 17, 2018 by a “non-functioning stairwell door.” Police stated he stole greater than $42,000 in whole from the developer, together with video video games: 15 Xbox One video games and 23 PlayStation four video games. Shaputis informed police he stole “15 to 20” Asus laptops, some Nintendo Switch and Steam machine consoles, and “a metal mini gun looking thing” that he stated he noticed Valve CEO Gabe Newell holding in a Forbes magazine feature.
According to court docket paperwork obtained by Polygon, Shaputis informed police “he got so many items, he didn’t even remember what it all was,” including that he threw “random items” right into a rolling recycling bin he used to tote the stolen items out of Valve’s 11th ground workplace, which is described as an “unfinished floor” the place stuff is prepped for commerce reveals and tournaments. (Valve occupies flooring 11 by 19 within the Lincoln Square South Tower, in line with police.)
Valve informed police that different gadgets, like “gaming memorabilia” and “archival promotional items,” have been stolen, too.
Shaputis was caught on digicam promoting the stolen items to a Bellevue GameStop. He bought 43 video games to GameStop for a complete of $336, in line with police. Shaputis reportedly saved the remainder of the tools in his “skillfully packed” Geo Prism, the place the gadgets have been discovered by police. Shaputis additionally had drug paraphernalia in his automotive, in line with court docket paperwork.
Charges have been filed on Sept. 25 within the King County Superior Court. Shaputis had six energetic warrants on the time. Shaputis’ arraignment listening to is scheduled for Oct. 9 — although the prosecutor’s workplace informed Polygon he’s on “bench warrant status,” that means he’s missed different hearings earlier than. Another warrant will likely be issued ought to he miss tomorrow’s listening to.
Bellevue is positioned simply outdoors of Seattle. When reached for info, a Seattle police consultant was not in a position provide details about the case — it’s a Bellevue crime, in any case — however stated this: “If you inform me this has one thing to do with a man stealing the one recognized copy of Half-Life 3, I’m going to cry.”
Polygon has reached out to Valve to confirm that Half-Life 3, which has by no means been formally introduced by Valve, was not stolen within the housebreaking.