Apple store thieves rob $200,000 worth of iPhones

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Two Apple Stores were broken into early Tuesday morning.
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Thieves reportedly stole more than $200,000 worth of iPhones from an Australian Apple store in an early morning raid Tuesday.

According to police, a gang smashed its way into a store in Perth at 2:15 a.m. After being disturbed and fleeing empty-handed, they headed to another store. They broke into this second Apple store in Garden City in Booragoon at 3 a.m., and made off with the handset haul after threatening a security guard.

Two gang member suspects arrested after brazen Apple Store robbery

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Liverpool Apple Store robbery took place last month.
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Two people have been arrested for a brazen robbery at a U.K. Apple Store, which left customers shaken.

The robbery took place in the morning of July 4. A gang of six people entered the Liverpool store and began pulling iPhones and other devices off the display tables. They pushed customers out of the way during the rampage, and made off with 36 iPhones and a MacBook.

Thieves smash into Texas Apple store with a truck

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Apple Highland Village before the smash-and-go robbery.
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A gang of thieves used a stolen pickup truck to crash through the glass doors of an Apple Store in Houston last night.

What the bungling burglars hadn’t counted on was the deputy sheriff working as a night watchman in the Texas store.

17 people now in custody for Apple Store robberies

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Two brazen thieves grabbed thousands of dollars worth of MacBooks from a California Apple Store recently.
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The number of people arrested for playing a part in the spate of snatch-and-grab Apple Store robberies throughout California has risen to 17.

Investigators claim that a crime ring was responsible for the robberies, which took place in 19 counties, resulting in more than $1 million in retail value of devices being stolen.

Cops nab 7 suspects in Apple Store robbery crime wave

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A frame of CCTV footage showing one of the recent robberies.
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Seven suspects have been arrested in connection to the spate of Apple Store thefts taking place across the Bay Area. Multiple law enforcement agencies cooperated to crack an organized crime ring targeting Apple Stores throughout the region.

The Oakland Police Department said that it, “assisted another law enforcement agency by arresting multiple individuals wanted on criminal warrants.” These arrests, it continued, were, “in connection to large-scale crimes that were committed throughout the state of California.”

Police union president knows how to stop Apple Store thefts

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A photo released by police shows a recent robbery.
Photo: Roseville Police Department

The six San Francisco Bay Area Apple Stores targeted by thieves in the past several weeks have one thing in common (besides the iPhones, iPads and Macs on display). They don’t have uniformed police officers on site.

Speaking about the crime spree, San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya noted that neither the Marina or Union Square Apple Stores in San Francisco have so far been targeted by thieves. His theory about why they’ve escaped the Apple crime spree? Because both have uniformed officers stationed there.

Shoppers perform citizen’s arrest on would-be Apple Store thieves

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The latest snatch-and-grab Apple Store robbery didn’t turn out all that well for the thieves.

Over the weekend, the Apple Store at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, California, was targeted by three men who walked in and began snatching products. But angry customers got involved, leading to all three would-be thieves being arrested.