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French Connection: entire iPhone 5 shipment snatched in a Marseille armed robbery heist

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French Connection: entire iPhone 5 shipment snatched in a Marseille armed robbery heist
After iPhone 5 thefts on a a major scale in Japan and London, now it is France's turn. Around 8:30am the other day, two BMWs blocked a truck loaded with iPhone 5s and Macs in a relatively quiet industrial zone

The semi-trailer was on its way back from Marignane airport where it loaded the goods from a cargo plane, ready for delivering to the French Apple fans. Three masked men pointed a shotgun at the driver, and let him drive behind the BMWs, which were headed by a van to take the loot.

The whole convoy stopped in the countryside, and the driver observed how the men loaded just the iPhone 5 boxes in the van, and then drove away, torching the truck behind them. That's what happens when you are watching too many Jean Reno movies.

Considering that the 16GB version goes for EUR 679 ($874) in France, a few hundred iPhones represent a good chunk of change there, and we'll leave the French police wondering how did the robbers know this truck is carrying them, and its route.

source: LaProvence via GSMArena

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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:27 11

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


Can this be arranged by Apple from Conan's script to show how valuable iPhone 5 is LOL?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:04 8

5. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


I don't need a better reason to ban iPhones than this.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:27 2

11. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1086; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


MeoCao, buddy you might be on to something here :)
Serves Rotten Apple right...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:40 6

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Just another day for the transporter

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:44 8

3. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


OK, I'm flying to France... I'm on the case...lol

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:51 6

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Time for inspector Cleaseau

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:19 2

6. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


You stole Apple products? *in Russian accent* You're gonna have a very bad day.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:20 4

7. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Or a very profitable one...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:57 19

8. medicci37 (Posts: 648; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


"we'll leave the French police wondering how did the robbers know this truck is carrying them, and its route." It sure as hell wasn't from using Apples maps.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:01 4

9. PAPINYC (Posts: 2305; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I think you mean iHeiSt!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:13 1

10. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Ok now, what the f**k!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:42 3

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Is someone trying to bring back Steve Jobs by assembling the stolen iPhone fives into a time machine?
Boy, they're in for a wild ride! They'll land on a different destination considering the failed maps and maybe they'll get interruped due to the faulty wifi facility and finally the time machine will crack into pieces because the light leaked.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:08 4

13. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


LOL, maybe Apple is the one stealing those crappy iPhones before they hit the market, because they are a total humiliation to Apple

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:16 9

14. MartyK (Posts: 714; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


I blame Google for this; how you ask?...below is why it's Google fault.

The thief use Google's map to make a clean get away; cause if they use Apple's map they would still be going in circle or over a cliff...thus, Google's maps help them get away...hahahah

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:29 2

15. -box- (Posts: 3819; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Time to call Poirot out of retirement... though I doubt he'd care about something as inconsequential as GTA and theft

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:12 3

16. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Apple should be pointing their thermonuclear war finger on these punks instead of Android. They're the real enemies.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 15:12

17. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Hahaha! I can totally see apple trying to make a lawsuit against samsung saying they sabotaged their truck because they stole their "patented route" lmao!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 17:03 2

18. Zahrawy (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Dumbass, stupid, retard and dim-witted thieves. Those morons have stolen a faulty merchandises.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 21:16 2

19. inertiatic (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 May 2012)


The best part of this article was "three masked men pointed a shotgun at the driver." I can just imagine 3 guys all trying to hold the same shotgun and fighting over who gets the trigger and where to aim it.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 22:23 1

20. cncrim (Posts: 516; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Samsung must did it :-)

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 00:38

21. galfiszabolcs (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Truck full of Apples :))

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:26

22. roscuthiii (Posts: 1832; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Pardon my French... Sacrebleu!

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