191 iPhone 5 units stolen in Japan before launch
posted by Nick T. / Sep 21, 2012, 7:01 AM
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.
source: Wall Street Journal
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This is my first post in PhoneArena and I want to say: those thugs will be brainwashed! They shouldn't have done that!
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 7:05 AM 5
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uWell thugs will only steal iPhones, cause there valued, they wouldnt steal any other makes®
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 7:54 AM 0
To reader who actually steal those... Can you please kindly return to me all 151 units? ThAnks you :)
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 7:09 AM 3
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Receiving stolen property is a crime, so I wouldn't recommend that, even if it were possible.
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 8:17 AM 1
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Did samsung or sony orfer this sabotage?
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 7:14 AM 1
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y wud they add to the publicity?!
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 8:13 AM 0
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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"
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 8:23 AM 1
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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 ... :)
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 8:06 AM 2
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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.
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 8:28 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 21, 2012, 9:50 PM 0
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