Crafty thieves cut through Apple store wall to steal piles of iPhones

Crafty burglars cut through Apple store wall to steal piles of iPhones


Crafty burglers cut through Apple store wall to steal piles of iPhones
Thieves didn't get through these doors. They went in another way.
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Thieves were apparently stymied by the security on an Apple store in Washington so they broke into an adjacent store and cut a hole in the wall. That reportedly enabled them to make off with $500 thousand in Apple gear.

The haul included hundreds of iPhones.

Apple store closes door — thieves make their own

Apple retail stores are often the targets of thieves because they are full of expensive computers. Criminals aren’t usually as ambitious as the ones that struck in Lynnwood, WA on Sunday, though.

They broke through the Seattle Coffee Gear in Alderwood Mall after the end of the business day. The burglars then cut a hole from this retailer’s bathroom into the Apple store also in the mall, according to KOMONews.

At that point, they got very busy.

“Approximately 436 iPhones in total were taken out of the back,” a spokesperson for the Lynnwood Police Department told KOMONews. “In total about $500,000 worth of merchandise was stolen and that’s iPhones, iPads, Apple watches.”

This was apparently a group of professional burglars as they wore masks and gloves so the surveillance video is possibly useless, and the police aren’t optimistic about fingerprints.


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