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Scottsdale Apple Store robbery turns awry thanks to a vigilant cabbie

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Scottsdale Apple Store robbery turns awry thanks to a vigilant cabbie
All things Apple are currently in high demand, and the economic situation is raising crime rates across affected regions, so the news for a Scottsdale, Arizona Apple Store robbery on the second day of 2012 wasn't going to appear on national TV. 

What makes the incident stand out, however, is the fact that while the iRobbery trio was sneaking out with $75 000 worth of MacBooks, iPhones and iPads loot, a taxi driver spotted the scene, and tried to follow them into the night, as it was 2am.

The three armed robbers, two men and a woman, started driving away, and even fired shots from the escape car to the cabbie, who, however, showed remarkable resilience, and kept on chasing. 

Later on, his testimony, along with the security cam footage, helped identify the Apple Store burglars. They turned out to be three Mesa residents - James Combs and Daniella Sierra (pictured in the thumb), as well as a 17-year-old. We'll spare the jokes about Apple fandom for less exemplary citizens than the taxi driver mentioned.

source: KFYI via TUAW

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posted on 04 Jan 2012, 06:34 1

1. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Sorry dudes, You chose to start of your year with a nasty record like this. May God help you trio muskateers.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 06:45

2. VinCrel (Posts: 39; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)


come to think though, it is actually the best time to do this.. one, if you managed to pull this through, then good for you.. but if you fail, then you at least one whole year to try and get over it.. hahaha!! just kidding!

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 08:01

3. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Bad boys, bad boys Whatcha gonna doo, Whatcha gonna doo when they come for YOUUUU!

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 08:40 14

4. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


$75,000 worth of Apple merchandise? So that's like what? 1 MacBook, 1 iPad and 1 iPhone?

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 08:44 4

5. Bigbluetundra (Posts: 45; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Did the cabbie get an iTunes gift card?

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 09:59 2

6. ChafedBanana (Posts: 359; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


You gotta be pretty dumb to chase after robbers. You gotta be a complete IDIOT to keep.following them after they open fire on you. iPhones are NOT worth risking your life over. ESPECIALLY somebody else's. And watch, the cabbie probably gets jack s**t.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 11:01 2

7. ZayZay (Posts: 561; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Follow up news reported:

The cab drivers gift was taking Tim Cook for a ride and then Mr. Cook stiffed him on the tip.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 11:52 2

8. tsarbomba (Posts: 16; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


I think it is more conceivable that the cabbie was not necessarily an Apple fan boy, but more an upright citizen with good moral character. Although the robbery was at an Apple store, the cabbie may not have cared about what was stolen, but that theft had occurred. In my opinion (based on only this article alone, mind you) he may have stood for principle, not products. If the cabbie's motives were based on morality and not on products, he acted quite the opposite of dumb and idiotic. If that be the case, more people should act in that way.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 13:02

9. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


a while back RIM got his truck stolen and nobody chased after them or even cared... now we have stolen Apple products and the cabbie risking his life single handed apprehended those thiefs, and will meet with your highness.. mr. Cook later today...

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 16:25

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The taxi driver probably wanted too protect the apple products and hope too get something free from Apple just to help identify the robbers. Hes an idiot for risking his life just too save a few thousand dollars worth of Apple merchandise. And not realize their shooting at him. Dumb ass.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 21:22

11. JC557 (Posts: 1137; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


May not be the extreme case that this quote was intended but still good nonetheless:

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

The cabbie probably imagined himself being robbed with witnesses doing nothing or too afraid to get a description of the attackers.

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