"More than one million pounds worth of Xbox consoles have been stolen from a Lichfield depot over the last four days, it was revealed today.This follows the technical difficulties experienced with the new Microsoft Video Marketplace for the favorite game machine. If you have run into similar problems, keep tabs on the official XBox Forums:
Police believe thieves are stealing the games machines to sell ahead of Christmas when they are in high demand. Thieves hijacked a lorry load of £750,000 worth of Xbox consoles on the A38 after it left a distribution depot in Fradley yesterday.
Police revealed today that another theft took place at the Hellmann Worldwide Logistics depot on Thursday morning when a £40,000 trailer containing £260,000 of Xbox consoles was taken.
Staffordshire Police spokesman Peter Stevens said: “They are in high demand and cost between £200 and £300."
"As you know, we have been experiencing technical difficulties associated with the extremely high number of downloads from the Video Marketplace service over the past 24 hours. We understand these technical issues have resulted in a very unpleasant experience for our members, including extremely slow downloads or not receiving the content they purchased.
We’ve made progress over the past 24–hours, and the team is dedicated to fixing the issues and continues to work as fast as they can around the clock to get the service running as seamlessly as you have come to expect.We strongly encourage all folks who have experienced an error message or did not receive a download they purchased to call customer support at 1-800-4MYXBOX."