Six Armed Teenagers Rob Scottsdale Apple Store, Three Get Caught

Six Armed Teenagers Rob Scottsdale Apple Store, Three Get Caught

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]

  • Reid White

    Biltmore always has more in stock, amateurs. 

  • Bart?omiej ?api?ski

    This is the consequence of Apple’s policy not to interfere with thieves. As in the earlier story about Barkley and his replaced stolen iPhone. Criminals will get bolder when they will see someone retreating from them. Apple should invest into some security, I predict the banditry will just get worse. With the price of Apple products and its store policy, they will become a desirable target for  criminals, mark my words.

  • Beth

    Morons

  • RonBlatto

    Apple isn’t the only company that has this type of policy in place.  Banks and big box retailers have similar policies. Even Dept of Defense military and contractor members are trained to comply with terrorist in hostage/kidnapping situations.  The liklihood that someone will get killed or injured when resisting goes up expontentially.  Am I suggesting we all roll over and allow the bad guys to win?  No.  Military members are armed and trained not to put themselves in those situations. Banks and big box retailers have alarms and security cameras, and even Apple Stores (at least the ones I’ve been to) have uniformed and undercovers there on-site.  This isn’t the result of Apple’s policy.  This is the result of the actions of six young people with no regard for human life (they fired at the cab driver) or someone else’s property trying to make a quick buck.

  • Steve Rodgers

    This is how tired I am this morning: I read this and thought … Six armed?? 

  • freerange

    Cult of Mac – fk you and your obnoxious floating banner ads! What kind of moron allows this kind of obscene intrusion on their mobile website?

  • JDWages

    The same kind of moron who doesn’t install AdBlock in their browser perhaps?

  • ceanelamerez

    Of course the robbers would come out of that dump we call Mesa. Why didn’t they try the Chandler store? It’s much closer.

  • Buster

    you can drive up to the front of the Scottsdale store. Easy location. Chandler you’d have to go inside a mall

  • NapMan

     “All this over a couple of iPods?”Nice attitude, kid.  How about breaking into a private business, stealing $70,000 – $80,000 of merchandise and shooting at a cab driver??

  • SupaMac

    you can get AdBlock for mobile?

  • Mike Rathjen

    That Cab Driver should get a free MacBook Pro, iPhone, and iPad.

  • JDWages

    AdBlock for MobileSafari:
    http://cocoamug.com/adblock/in

  • JDWages

    Just tried to post the URL. Hate it when URL posts have to be moderated!  Well until that post comes through the moderation filter, the short answer is YES.

  • ChKen

    There were no employees there.

  • JBrickley

    Diamonds are removed from display case and put in safe after hours. Plus it is much easier for kids to fence Apple kit rather than diamonds.

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