Thief Breaks $100k Apple Store Doors With Rocks To Steal $64k Worth Of Stuff

The Apple store in Boulder, Colorado.

The Apple store in Boulder, Colorado.

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.

  • dcdevito

    It’s easier to sell iDevices on the black market than doors lol

  • Cortney Sauk

    Thank you dcdevito! You just made my day! – ROFL

  • gnomehole

    Are you suggesting they should have stolen the doors instead?

  • AlanH

    Am I the only one who sees the irony of a thief using ROCKS to break into an Apple store in BOULDER?

  • Mac8a

    Isn’t there a way for Apple to track devices by serial number? Like blacklist all serial numbers missing from a stores inventory records and cross-reference that to devices being powered on for the first time, or connecting to the internet the first time, or registering with Apple for the first time, or accessing the app store for the first time and giving that information to Law Enforcement to apprehend the suspects and prosecute the criminals?

  • seaaalex

    Is there a market for Apple store doors Killian ? I’m going to go out on limb and say probably not…

  • extra_medium

    Am I the only one who sees the irony of a thief using ROCKS to break into an Apple store in BOULDER?

    That’s not irony

  • extra_medium

    Isn’t there a way for Apple to track devices by serial number? Like blacklist all serial numbers missing from a stores inventory records and cross-reference that to devices being powered on for the first time, or connecting to the internet the first time, or registering with Apple for the first time, or accessing the app store for the first time and giving that information to Law Enforcement to apprehend the suspects and prosecute the criminals?

    Of course there is

  • Killian

    It’s easier to sell iDevices on the black market than doors lol

    I think you misread it. I said: “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.”

  • Killian

    Is there a market for Apple store doors Killian ? I’m going to go out on limb and say probably not…

    Yeah, that’s why I didn’t say there was a market for Apple doors.

  • GTWilson
    Am I the only one who sees the irony of a thief using ROCKS to break into an Apple store in BOULDER?

    That’s not irony

    Blame Alanis Morissette.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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