It has been reported that a 32-year-old man broke into Valve's headquarters in June 2018, running away with as much as $40,000 worth of equipment, memorabilia and video games. It's safe to say that he found nothing Half-Life 3 related.
It goes without saying that we'd never condone such behaviour but c'mon - how hilarious would it be if it was a thief who ultimately uncovered proof of Half-Life 3 being worked on? Oh well, a man can dream.
In reality, no, the thief did not blow any lids on anything. He did take off with $40K of equipment, which he wheeled over to the car he parked across the street.
The man in question is said to be one Shawn Shaputis, and his loot included around 20 Asus laptops, Nintendo Switch and Steam consoles, gaming memorabilia, promotional items as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games.
He reportedly then sold the games at GameStop for a total price of $336, keeping the rest in his vehicle, where it was found by the police. Naturally, there's video evidence of his sale of stolen goods.
Polygon got a hold of court documentation where it's said that "he got so many items, he didn’t even remember what it all was".
Interestingly, he seems to have stolen the minigun that Valve's head honcho Gabe Newell wields in his Forbes photo, and it was clear that Shaputis had prior knowledge of it. His burglary was helped by a malfunctioning stairwell door, which granted him access to Valve's 11th-floor offices from a public restaurant.
Shaputis, whose list of crimes includes making off with a FedEx delivery truck, is apparently a flight risk and the authorities are currently making sure he attends the trial.
Funnily enough, even though it's not their jurisdiction, Seattle police gave Polygon one of the most epic police responses ever, saying, "If you tell me this has something to do with a guy stealing the only known copy of Half-Life 3, I’m going to cry." Well, that makes a few million of us Seattle!