Valve Software is responsible for games like Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Portal. That’s not the only thing they do. In 2003, Valve created Steam a game distribution service that offers over 30,000 games to purchase. Back in 2018, the Valve office in Bellevue, Washington was broken into. The suspect, Shawn Shaputis, stole over $40,000 worth of items.
Shaputis, a 32-year-old from Washington, is facing counts of burglary and trafficking stolen property. He was able to gain access to the office by entering a public restaurant at Lincoln Square South and climbing the stairs to the 11th floor where the Valve office is located. He was able to break in 4 to 5 times. The items stolen include games from for both Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles, Asus laptops, Nintendo Switch and Steam consoles, and game memorabilia.
The suspect was later caught on camera selling the stolen games to a Game Stop in Bellevue. Charges against Bellevue were filed on September 25th, and his arraignment was scheduled for October 9th. Since Shaputis has missed court hearings before, he was put on “bench warrant status”. This means if he missed his hearing yesterday, another warrant will be issued for his arrest.
Details of yesterday’s arraignment have yet to be released. We will keep you updated as we find out more.