A couple of scofflaws broke into an Australian Apple Store and made of with thousands of dollars in computers. But the hapless burglars — allegedly including a 16-year-old boy — were soon tracked down by police.
They got caught because they apparently made nearly every possible mistake.
Apple store burglarized in the worst way possible
The thieves broke into the Canberra Centre mall and then the Apple Store late one night in mid-January, according to The Canberra Times. They quickly picked up gear worth about $60 thousand Australian dollars, or $42.4 thousand in U.S. dollars. [INSERT JOKE ABOUT THAT BEING JUST ONE MAC PRO HERE.]
But the burglars set off the alarm and so were chased by the mall security staff. During the chase, they dropped some of the loot. Still, they managed to escape.
That’s not the end of the story, though. The police checked the security footage from the crime and recognized one of the criminals. (Which is something to bring up the next time you’re discussing the benefits of wearing a face mask.)
The alleged burglar was quickly arrested, along with the person believed to be his juvenile accomplice. The teen was charged with “two counts of aggravated burglary, theft and damage property” for the Apple Store break in, according to the Canberra Times.
Apple Stores are not infrequently the target of criminals — they’re full of high-priced gear that people are willing to pay for. Which doesn’t mean the thieves get away with their crimes. The retail stores often have their own guards, and always have CCTV coverage.