How not to burglarize an Apple Store

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This U-Haul truck was used to unsuccessfully try to rob an Apple Store.
U-Haul truck 0 — Apple Store 1
Photo: Berkeley Police Department

If you’ve ever considered breaking into an Apple Store with a U-Haul truck, don’t bother: it won’t work.

A couple of guys tried it in Berkeley, California last night and got away with exactly no Apple merchandise.


The Berkeley Police Department investigated a burglar alarm going off at the store at 3:20 am. Officers found a U-Haul truck “had been driven into the glass front doors,” according to Berkeleyside.

However, the criminals apparently weren’t able to get through an inner metal security gate, despite using a motarized battering ram. 

Apple Store robberies all-too common

That isn’t what happened in 2014. Back then, a car successfully drove through the Berkeley Apple Store’s window and the security gate. The perpetrators did manage to steal some computers on that attempt.

Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for criminals to target Apple’s retail locations. A store in Bordeaux, France was robbed last weekend during anti-government protests, for example. There was a spate of smash-and-grab robberies this fall that resulted in the arrest of 17 people.