Want a free iPad? Ask a Walmart clerk to “put it aside” for you



Walmart is starting to look like a prime place to nick an iPad.

Recently, a pair of crooks successfully pulled a bait and switch by returning an empty box — now there seems to be a gang targeting Walmarts for iPad thefts with an even simpler ruse.

One of them, described as a young male with long blond hair, goes into the electronics department, tells the clerk he wants two iPads. The employee takes them out of the case.

Once the tablet computers are out from lock and key, the potential buyer asks the clerk to set them aside — ostensibly so he can go finish shopping. Then his accomplice, a young woman, reaches under the counter a few moments later and grabs them.

The accomplice passes them to third person who then stashes the iPads in a handbag and walks out.

In four known thefts in the Arcadia, California area, the trio has stolen about $6,400 in iPads.

Via Daily World

  • Michael


  • twitter-62476719

    Don’t try this at home. Or at any of your nearby stores for that matter. lol

  • Jdsonice

    I would be surprised if this worked at any more stores. So would con artists be careful. 

  • Ronald Stepp

    So what happens next?
    Walmart reports stolen ipads
    Apple notes IDs of iPads.
    When those iPads go online and do anything cops swoop down and collar them using the built in location tech.

    Or not?

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    I wonder if those crooks go after Xooms and PlayBooks?  I doubt it.

  • Brian Moore

    I find this hard to believe. Most of the high in electronics at 99% of the retail stores, the item’s have anti theft security tags sealed inside the box. To remove it, you most open the item up in order to get to the tags… So…Possible? Yes Likely? No

  • Dilbert A

    Apple does not. Apple does not allow Walmart or Best Buy to open their product boxes, that’s why they’re locked up.

  • Dilbert A

    It works everyday. People have been doing this “con” forever.

  • Brandon Dillon

    They don’t put those in the iPad boxes, because they have a clear plastic film over it. They don’t tear the film.

  • poppa1138

    surely each iPad has a unique serial identity,and could be traced when connected to wifi.

  • oakdesk23

    Actually, those tags are usually put in by the manufacturers. They tend to put them somewhere that requires some dismantling of the packaging to remove. Often they put two types, the puffy rectangular plastic ones, and the flat square paper type.

    I have no idea if Apple puts them in, but Walmart tends to be demanding of suppliers and likely requires them.

  • 5imo

    called the UUID

  • dante

    I doubt they are going to use them. Just sell them. So whoever buys them is the one that’s going to get caught.

  • Were wolf

    They are not going to use them. Do you really think they will use $6,400 worth if iPads themselves? They are going to try to sell them. So, whoever buys them is the one that is going to get caught.