Masked thieves steal $20,000 of MacBooks from Apple Store

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Tim Cook has previously shown up at the Palo Alto store to meet customers.
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Apple’s Palo Alto retail store was targeted by mask-wearing thieves this week, who stole MacBooks worth almost $20,000 in total.

The robbery took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Two thieves, wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts, smashed the glass doors outside using rocks. They proceeded to grab nine Macs, although two of these were dropped during their escape.

Police were summoned after a passerby noticed the broken glass at 2:38am and called 911. So far, the police don’t appear to have revealed any further information about the robbery.

Not the first rodeo

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the Palo Alto Apple Store has been targeted. In December 2016, it was robbed when thieves crashed a rented SUV into the glass front door. Around eight to 10 people then entered the store and stole a variety of devices. Police ultimately arrested 9 people.

The store was in the news again in September last year. On this occasion it was robbed twice in 12 hours over the weekend, as part of the Californian Apple Store crime spree. In the first instance, a gang of eight males entered the store after 7pm on Saturday, and began snatching iPhones and other devices, before fleeing in multiple vehicles. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the store’s glass doors were then shattered with rocks, and more products taken.

Source: Mercury News