• Two Thieves Stole 19 iPhones from an Apple Store by Dressing up Like Employees

    Apple products are still a high-profile commodity for thieves, thanks to their resale value, and two individuals were recently able to nab 19 iPhones just by walking into a store.

    According to a report from the New York Police Department (surfaced by DNAInfo), two thieves were able to walk into an Apple Store in SoHo and walk out with 19 iPhones. Apparently it wasn’t too difficult for the thieves to accomplish, either, as the report indicates they simply “dressed similarly” to Apple Store employees, and walked into the electronics repair room to nab the devices:

    “The thief “dressed similarly” to store employees — who usually wear blue T-shirts imprinted with an Apple logo — and walked right into an electronics repair room at about 5:30 p.m. on June 1.

    The man grabbed 19 iPhones from a drawer inside the room, worth a total of $16,130, then handed them over to another thief. That man hid the phones under his shirt, and the pair walked out of the store.”
    It’s legitimately kind of strange that someone could hide 19 iPhones under their shirt and not be detected, but apparently that’s what happened. One can imagine that the SoHo Apple Store is ridiculously busy, too, especially later in the evening, so that certainly played a part. Still, that’s over $15,000 worth of product that was escorted out.

    As it stands now, the NYPD is still investigating the incident.
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Why exactly isn't there a forum-side version of this post? I've been noticing that happening from time to time on here. Usually there is a forum counter part to the blog-style news posts as seen on the front/main news page. I ask because I usually prefer reading and posting via the forum interface rather than the blog one (the latter sometimes doesn't show all comment/replies.)
    1. law111's Avatar
      law111 -
      Funny thing about this, I'm not the least bit surprised. Employees are taught to "assume positive intent" and this never happens so the ones who work in the store have their heads so far up their a** they are oblivious to customers who do things like pay with the Apple Store app. Walk out without talking to anyone. No surprise here, just exposing Apple's weakness.
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