$228,496 worth of stolen Apple iPhone 6 units dragged out of a warehouse tunnel

$228,496 worth of stolen Apple iPhone 6 units dragged out of a warehouse tunnel
Police in Beijing have arrested three men who dug a 20-inch hole inside a warehouse and initially escaped with 240 units of the Apple iPhone 6. The haul was valued at $228,496. The warehouse belonged to a logistics firm in China which had employed one of the thieves as a driver. The trio sold the handsets and used the money to buy cars, gold and to gamble. The serial numbers on each iPhone 6 eventually helped the cops find their men.

This story comes a few days after we told you about the smuggler who was busted by Chinese customs agents with 94 iPhones worth $49,000 strapped to his body. Guards were alerted to the man by the way he appeared to be carrying a heavy load even though he was traveling light.

Chinese demand for the new Apple iPhone 6 remains off the charts. In the country, the phone is nicknamed the Kidney 6 after a teenager was recently reported to have sold one of his kidneys to buy it. Some Chinese iPhone buyers are looking to purchase the device in the black market in order to avoid a luxury tax charged on foreign goods. Even though the iPhone is considered to be produced by an American company, in a touch of irony, they are actually built in China.

source: Xinhua via AppleInsider

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1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Try harder next time..... #jesuischarlie

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

What foolish people do for iPhones!! Kidney 6...not a bad name! Only iPhones will drive people crazy like this. It's full moon every night, even daytime.

18. Cicero

Posts: 1133; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Now Apple will pay incentives to their marketing team for such a great job. What a crazy thing they created.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

it's a iWarehouse.

3. wilsong17 unregistered

OMG a kidney

21. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I guess his Kidney will devalue when the iPhone 6S makes its rounds later in the year.

23. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

The kidney yes...the iPhone 6 not so much. Apple products will always keep their good resale value.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I guess people forgot the stupid kid who sold his kidney for an ipad 2 a few years ago in china. Who needs a kidney when you could have overpriced american goods produced by your own country! wait...

24. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Why overpriced? iPhones cost the same as Android flagships. Even though they have less RAM, less megapixels, lower resolution and a smaller battery, they perform on the same level and in some aspects even better than most Android flagships. True, the battery life of an Xperia Z3 is not reached, but the Xperia does not deliver the same great screen. Also the iPhone camera performs a little better. I really don't see why you consider iPhones overpriced. The reason why Apple makes so much money is that they only sell flagships in quantities others sell mid rangers.

4. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

And I thought Chinese people were all smart ;)

5. AlikMalix unregistered

I knew demand for iPhones was huge, but this is crazy. iphone is a great device.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I know the iphone is a steal

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The best IMHO

6. Cyagocaliz unregistered

China must execute him!


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Why is this worth mentioning? There are many crimes everyday! If this happened to another company PA would have never made an article about it!

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Aww shut up.

12. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I guess, because no one would risk their lives or freedom to steal a Galaxy S5 or Xperia.

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

1: Because it's cell phone related. 2: It's more interesting than 99% of the stories they churn out regularly (and yes, that includes the upcoming purple Xperia Z3.) 3: They absolutely would cover a story about $230,000 of any other brand of smart phones being stolen.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post as usual bro. +1

9. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Legal or not, reselling Apple products is a surprisingly profitable business. They barely lose value over time.

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Beyond stupid for something so meaningless (ANY phone).

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Sucks to be one of the guys that bought one of these hot Iphones an lose it to authorities, they'll never see their monet nor organs again.

19. crazytechnocrat

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

it is the perceptive value of apple products that make them highly coveted and aspirational.. when people buy apple products they feel like they have become a part of a privileged class.

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