An Apple retail store in Boulder, Colorado, became the latest target of a “smash and grab” robbery early Saturday morning. A hooded crook threw three rocks through the store’s $100,000 custom glass doors before stealing $64,000 worth of merchandise, including MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones.
Some of the notebooks the thief stole were worth more than $2,000, reports ABC 7 News, and they are likely to be sold on by the thief for much less than that.
Apple stores have become increasingly popular targets for thieves in recent years. The demand for the company’s Macs and iOS devices mean that they’re easy to sell on the black market, while the glass doors that front all of Apple’s retail stores make them easy to break into. Thieves has previously driven trucks through the front of them before filling them up with devices and driving away.
“Apple is like gold. It’s easy to sell,” said Rick Levitt, President of Macintosh Computer iTech, an Apple repair shop in Lakewood. “With the economy the way it is people are desperate and they need money and that’s why they’re stealing this stuff.”
Back in January, masked robbers stormed a Paris Apple store with guns before making off with $1.3 million worth of goods. Prior to that, a worker at New York’s JFK Airport was arrested for his part in a robbery that saw $1.5 million worth of iPad minis stolen on their way into the U.S. from China.
Apple’s makes it easy to track stolen Macs and iOS devices once they’ve been set up, but while they’re sealed inside their boxes and powered off, there’s no telling where they could be.
Source: ABC 7 News