191 iPhone 5 units stolen in Japan before launch

191 iPhone 5 units stolen in Japan before launch
This guy might have been the first to purchase an iPhone 5, but he clearly isn't the first to get his hands on one. Early morning on Friday, several outlets in Osaka, Japan, were broken into and had their iPhone 5 inventory stolen. It is estimated that the value of all missing smartphones totals over $100,000.

First to be reported to the authorities was a KDDI store, from which 33 iPhone 5 handset had gone missing. Local residents say three men hanging out nearby at about 3 in the morning, but they didn't seem to be there to wait in line. The next target was a Softbank outlet, which had its entire stock stolen, including one display unit. In a matter of minutes, a total of 116 iPhone 5 handsets were taken away by three robbers. Security camera footage shows that the robbery occurred at about 4:26AM. Furthermore, an additional 42 iPhone 5s were stolen from a store located nearby. 

All stores are located relatively close to each other, so one theory is that the same people were involved in all three robberies. The police, however, has yet to analyze all evidence and come up with an official report. As for the stolen iPhone 5 units, they will likely end up being re-sold on the black market for a hefty price, unless authorities manage to track them. 

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

This is my first post in PhoneArena and I want to say: those thugs will be brainwashed! They shouldn't have done that!

9. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

promotion thing done .................... now more sheeps ll buy

11. Apple_Royally_

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

uWell thugs will only steal iPhones, cause there valued, they wouldnt steal any other makes®

24. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

in reality they know iphone worth is high (coz of greedy company) but still a crap .....

3. wendygarett unregistered

To reader who actually steal those... Can you please kindly return to me all 151 units? ThAnks you :)

18. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Receiving stolen property is a crime, so I wouldn't recommend that, even if it were possible.

25. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

they should play will it smash with the phones in a landfill.

4. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

LOL some people are just so sad now a days

5. pankajgupta

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

"an additional 42 iPhone 5s were stolen " 5S really ?? :P

23. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

You're joking, right?

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Did samsung or sony orfer this sabotage?

15. StephenGalop

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Samsung for sure

16. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

y wud they add to the publicity?!

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Dunno, but it could be a way of upsetting the queued up lambs for the slaughter, since they can't get their newest piece of idolized garbage until replacements come in. Kind of a clever move, really, surprised it's not more widespread, as it might cause people who really want a new phone to look elsewhere. If I didn't have a life and a job, I'd consider going to places that have lines (none near me, iDevices aren't all THAT popular here) and having a few mobile hotspots up with customized network names, like "SwitchToLumia", "TheNextBigThingWasAlreadyHere", "DoNotSupportPhonesMadeBySlaves", "SupportInnovationNotLitigation"

7. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

So.. the person who bought the first iPhone 5 was really not their first customer xD

8. Connie.Linghus

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

siOnArá, hAi!!

10. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Couldn't belive it happen in Japan.

12. app_droid_soft

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

must be samsung's works!!!

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Glitch in Apple Maps .. lead them to wrong place ... or perhaps this is how Apple Ad campaigns are meant to be ... it's far cheaper than other modes of advertising ... all allegedly stolen phones must be back with Apple in return for cash ... :)

14. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

for sale iPhone 5. pm me. haha lol

17. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don't like apple i will admit but stealing their product just isn't right no matter how you look at it.

20. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

This was all Apples doing. Since nobody stole the IPhone this year, they set this up to make it seem as others stores are limited in stock so you MUST hurry in before you miss out haha :-P its Friday so have fun with it.

21. LAFN

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

I don't understand why it is so complicated for the inventory supplier to report the s/n's and the cell providers just block them from being used.

27. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yakuza? Human trafficking, check. Extortion, check. Money laundering, check. Prostitute ring, check. Racketeering, check. Gambling house, check. Small arms operations, check. iphone blackmark, check. iphone the new money maker in the under world of crime.

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