Full-time citadel thief Toni-anne Brinalle made headlines last month by publicly retiring and dumping several thousand PLEX in Perimeter. Some called it a stunt and expected a comeback; others took Brinalle at her word. I’ve known Brinalle for a while, even helped with a heist or two in a limited capacity, and I figured she was sincere. That said, it’s no surprise to find her taking another swing at her specialty in a moment of boredom.

On Sunday, Brinalle got back in the game with a string of citadel burglaries across Tash-Murkon. So far as can be ascertained, she hit Adahum (0.6), Ghishul (0.7), Ivih (0.5), Kari (0.6), and Nafrivik (0.6), most of them quiet systems with only a few hundred jumps per day.

Brinalle promptly sold most of the ill-gotten goods via social media for 500-600m apiece – a bargain price. In at least one case, the target belonged to an inactive alt corp. Ethics aside, you might say Brinalle, and her Thieves’ Guild, deliver a public service: content creation with a side of trash disposal. There’s a perverse nobility in keeping the space lanes clear.

I wish I could give substantive advice for people looking to heist-proof their citadels. The best I can offer, after following Brinalle’s career and lending the occasional hand, is this:

  • Keep track of your toys. Even a cheap citadel is a nine- or ten-figure investment; if you’re comfortable forgetting about it, you’re comfortable with getting it stolen.
  • If you see the same unusual names loitering in local while you’re preparing to move your citadel, watch out for cloaky haulers.
  • If you can avoid it, don’t loiter in the hours leading up to your citadel move, especially if you’re identifiable as the citadel’s owner.
  • That nice quiet back-road system you call home isn’t as private as you might wish.
  • For the love of all that’s holy, don’t name your citadel ‘DECOMMISSIONING.’

Jenne Exupery is a low-wattage independent who dabbles in shipping, salvage, trade, exploration, and nearly victimless heists. He can usually be found bumming around Derelik and Domain under one name or another. Preferred contact method: in-game mail to Jenne Exupery of Manticore-Horizon Shipping [MANHO].

 

 

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