What’s the point of robbing your local 7/11 and going to prison in exchange for a quick $200 when you can just drive uptown, pull a heist on the Apple Store, and walk out with every Apple device? At least, that’s the thinking of some thieves lately and Apple Store robberies have started to become more frequent over the past few years.
Early on the morning of January 3rd, six armed teenagers broke into the Apple Store at Scottsdale Quarter by shattering the front glass. The crew made quick work of the store and stole between $70,000 – $80,000 worth of merchandise. The burglary occurred before business hours and fortunately no one was harmed. Spotting the thieves as they were fleeing the scene, a local cab driver followed their vehicle down the street. Noticing the trailing cab, the thieves fired two shots at the cab, but both missed and the cab driver was uninjured.
Scottsdale Police managed to catch up to three of the burglars a few streets down from where the cab driver last saw them. 19-year-old James Combs, 18-year-old Daniella Sierra and an unnamed 17-year-old were taken into custody on suspicion of felony burglary and weapons charges. When officers caught up to one of suspects he allegedly told them, “All this over a couple of iPods?” after being read his Miranda rights.
Some of the stolen merchandise has been recovered, but police are still searching for the three other persons involved in the heist. The funny thing about this heist is that I go to lunch 2-3 times a week at restaurants surrounding this same Apple store, and there is a nice jewelry store right across the street. Diamonds would be tremendously easier to carry than an iMac and quicker to steal – although I’m sure iPods, iMacs, and iPads are a lot easier to sell on Craigslist.
For video coverage of the heist, readers can click here to be routed to Phoenix FOX News’ story.
[Via AZ Central]