Apple brings in police to guard stores in California following theft epidemic

Apple brings in police to guard stores in California following theft epidemic
Apple Stores in Sacramento, California are now guarded by the police. These extra safety measures have been taken by the tech giant following a theft epidemic that was apparently orchestrated by a local crime ring and in spite of the fact that 17 suspects have been apprehended in relation to the crimes so far.

It is estimated that over the last few months, over $1,000,000 worth of Apple merch has been stolen from brick and mortar outlets across 19 counties in California.

According to CBS Sacramento, no taxpayer dollars are at use for the extra work, as the law enforcement muscle is privately contracted by Apple. Officers are more effective in apprehending thieves than mall security since they can venture outside of mall territory and call for backup should an incident occur.

The police is mostly employed in Bay Area malls during large events and holidays, but this slightly unusual appearance is proving to be effective - both the Roseville and Sacramento Apple stores have incident-free since constables were assigned to them.



1. gamehead unregistered

They werent thieves. They were the subpar products removal squad. XD

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31599; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not even remotely funny.

2. Venom

Posts: 3823; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

How are they able to steal them in the first place? I thought those devices were secured to their displays? Even if they were to steal them, they would become paperweights due to blacklisting and iCloud Lock.

3. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

to someone who just wants an iphone that doesn't know about any of the iCloud locking or any of that, a $99 iPhone X would be a dream. I'm sure they were selling them to unsuspecting people. That's how crime/profit works.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31599; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very well said.

11. Blazers

Posts: 764; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Those phones are probably sent directly overseas and harvested for parts. With the high repair costs of the XS and XS Max, "Apple Picking" will make a big come back.....

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31599; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

About time Apple, and prosecute those idiots to the full extent of the law.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6878; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

So now the other stores will be targeted.

8. mudcat626

Posts: 231; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Put a few Samsung phones on the tables that will keep the thieves away.....

9. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So apple wants help from the police, but don't wanna help the police themselves. Talking about being pathetic....

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6878; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

What are you talking about? Apple DOES help the police if the situation warrants it. Can't maintain a level of privacy if they were to cave to every single police request.

13. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Oh no, the guards are going to cut into Apple's profit margins.... no biggie, time to increase the prices. Apple customers are always willing to pay more.

14. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

For those following at home, this loss equates to 0.0001% of Apple's valuation. If you made $50k a year, it would be like someone stealing a nickel from you.

15. sabretigger

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

It was Robin Hood and Django

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

$1 million is about 8 phones, right? The way the Apple store is set up makes theft easy. You just have the devices laying on a table, and the stores are usually crowded. It wouldn't be that hard to make off with a couple of devices before anyone knows what's going on.

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