Invalid debit cards used to steal $350,000 of Apple devices

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Crime doesn't pay. Well, in the long-term, at least.
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A Sacramento man has plead guilty to scamming Apple Stores across the United States out of hundreds of thousands of dollars over a period of several months.

33-year-old Marcus Israel Butler carried out his scam, involving debit card fraud, in Apple Stores in Sacramento, Modesto, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, North Carolina and Alaska.

Bold iPhone thief messages owner for iCloud password

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Not the message you expect from an iPhone thief.
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An iPhone thief in the U.K. had the audacity to send a message to the phone’s original owner, requesting the iCloud details so they could access their account.

Psychology student Beth Freestone had her handset stolen on a night out in the city of Manchester. Several months later, she then received a message on Facebook from a person claiming to have found the iPhone — but wanting to know how to access its associated accounts.

Thieves snatch $600,000 of iPhones from a moving truck

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Some folks will go to crazy lengths to get their hands on an iPhone!
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Five men from Romania have been arrested after stealing $600,000 of iPhones from a moving truck in an astonishingly risky late-night raid that ultimately didn’t pay off for them.

Who needs the Fast and the Furious movies when you’ve got real life?

Pocket airplanes, Adobe graphic design courses, and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Put a plane in your pocket, master Adobe Creative Suite, and more with this week's best deals.
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Summer’s here, and along with the warm sunshine come hot new deals in the Cult of Mac Store. This week, we’ve got an awesome smartphone-controlled plane, a set of comprehensive courses in graphic design for Adobe Creative Suite, a time-saving task manager, and a powerful VPN. Read on for more details:

PC World worker charged with stealing $30,000 of Apple gear

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MacBooks were among the stolen items.
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An employee of PC World, a U.K.-based computer superstore, has admitted to stealing 27,000 euros ($30,000) worth of Apple products from his workplace. Oh, the irony!

21-year-old Eoin Giles of Dublin, Ireland, pleaded guilty to stealing 21 MacBooks, six Apple Watches, and seven iPads Pros, and then selling them on. Giles described it as a “stupid” attempt to make money.

Former Foxconn manager charged with stealing 5,700 iPhones

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Tim Cook meeting an iPhone manufacturer in China.
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A one-time senior manager at Apple manufacturer Foxconn is facing a possible ten years in jail after allegedly stealing 5,700 iPhones and selling them on for $1.5 million.

The thefts reportedly took place at one of Foxconn’s factories in Shenzhen, China, where the manager — identified only as “Tsai” — used eight employees to help smuggle the handsets out of the building.

Former NBA player uses all 5 fingers to palm Apple products

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Rex Chapman stole a lot of Apple gear to pay for his addiction.
Rex Chapman stole a lot of Apple gear to pay for his addiction.
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Former NBA player Rex Chapman pleaded guilty to four counts of felony theft this week. He was arrested for not only stealing over $15,000 worth of Apple gear from the store in Scottsdale, Arizona, but also for selling it at local pawn shops.

Chapman allegedly pretended to use the Apple Store’s self-checkout system, leaving without actually paying for the items.

10 Year Old Pinches $654K Of Apple Goods

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Ah, to be ten years old again — and arrested for stealing £400,000 ($654,000) worth of Apple products.

That is the news coming out of Coventry, in the UK, where a dawn raid saw police arrest a boy and a 37-year-old man for their part in a series of commercial and domestic burglaries.