Rare prototype laptops swiped at CES; $25,000 reward offered

The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show attracted more than 160,000 people and nearly 4,000 tech companies. One of those companies attracted more than they bargained for.

Razer, a gaming tech company, says two of its one-of a kind, Project Valerie prototype laptops were stolen from their CES exhibit.

In a statementon Facebook, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan says the products were taken around 4 p.m. Sunday from its media room.

It was a baffling scenario to some because CES has so much security. According to CES representative Jeff Joseph, the convention has multiple levels of security that include onsite guards, security cameras, and dogs.

"As the world has changed over the last two years, we've increased our visible and other security methods, " said Joseph.

But that increased security did not prevent the disappearance of the computers. Razer says these laptops have the world's first triple display screens and new technology that features advanced high definition.

This is the 50th anniversary for CES, and Joseph says there hasn't been any show theft in recent years. He also believes the laptops were stolen after hours.

"Now we do have security but obviously it’s a bit different than it would be at the height of show hours," said Joseph. "We do have a process on site which Razer followed. They notified the onsite staff, and we notified the police.”

Razer spokesman Kevin Scarpati released this statement on the value of the laptops: "The laptops were prototypes and, as such, are not subject to conventional wholesale valuation. For present purposes, the theft is being characterized as grand larceny."

Razer is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to a suspect. You can email the company at

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