Upwards of $150,000 worth of Macs, iPads, and Apple Watches was stolen this week from a Best Buy stores in Peoria, Illinois. The theft took place overnight on Wednesday.
It was noticed by the manager early the following day, who filed a report with the Peoria Police Department. The theft is described by Lt. Mike Boland, who leads the department’s detective bureau, as one of the largest heists in terms of dollar value in recent memory.
An employee who was questioned reported seeing two people in that part of the store, presumably earlier that same day. After asking if they needed anything, the pair said no and then left. Surveillance footage is currently being reviewed.
Unfortunately, the cameras at a nearby Target store — which could have revealed information about the theft — were out of action due to a store remodeling.
The Apple Store robbery crime wave
This Apple Store robbery comes on the back of a spate of thefts targeting Apple Stores across the state of California. These robberies took place over multiple weeks, across 19 counties. In the end, 17 people were arrested for more than $1 million in retail device thefts.
Apple products are frequently targeted by thieves due to their high resale value.