The million-dollar Apple Store theft epidemic ends with 17 arrest warrants


The Apple Store in Palo Alto got robbed twice in the span of 12 hours during the iPhone XS and XS Max launch weekend, to the tune of $100,000 worth of stolen merchandise. Last month, the Apple Store inside the Roseville Galleria even filmed the culprits who lifted off with iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks worth $20,000 in broad daylight while the customers inside were browsing the aisles.

All in all, Apple Stores in California have been victims of a theft ring, it turns out, that grabbed more than a million worth of iPhones and other gear over the span of a few months. Their winning streak, however, is coming to an end, as the California Department of Justice just issued arrest warrants for 17 suspects that were presumably involved:

These crimes allegedly hit 19 counties, including the thefts in Santa Rosa, Emeryville, and Corte Madera over the last month. The defendants are being charged with coming into the stores in large groups wearing hoodies and quickly taking display products. On September 25, seven suspects were arrested and booked in Alameda County Jail. Another is in custody in Sonoma County. At this time, nine other arrest warrants have been given to remaining suspects.

The authorities had to act fast as these types of crimes feed on themselves, and start widening with many a copycat warrior who get the idea from the local news channels. "Ultimately, consumers pay the cost of this merchandise hijacking," said Attorney General Becerra, so now that the California DoJ is intimately involved, the Apple Store crime wave may finally subside, new iPhone month or not.

via KSBY

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17 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3084; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Let them be Bubba's b*tch now.

2. Fred3

Posts: 317; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Trading their freedom for a phone smh. By the time they get out it'll be old

8. gamehead unregistered

Seriously. Those overpriced products aint worth the energy.

3. Nionx

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Go big or go home. If you're going to do the crime, make sure it s a crime worth doing. A million in merchandise. That's a crime a criminal can be proud of

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1287; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

hmmm... maybe if the price was justified some 'bad' people may actually look past the idea of stealing

4. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

No news about Android store being rubbed?

10. MEeee

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Only iDiots would do that. They even sold their own kidneys and babies for those iCraps.

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 1862; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Wow, you put a lower case i in front of some words, to show your disdain for Apple, you are so original!!!

13. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 273; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Rubbed? Rub? Really?

6. guest

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

But people wearing hoodies are always innocent

14. SyCo87

Posts: 278; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Clutch your bag the next time it rains.

7. gamehead unregistered

They're doing the world a favor by removing trash products off shelves

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6443; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

"Names of the suspects have not been released"? Probably illegal immigrants, and we'll be expected to forget any of this happened.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3084; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Illegal immigrants from Oakland or Compton? Didn't know California had seceded from the Union.

15. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 174; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

afrika ppl who else it would be ..

16. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

how stupid are these f**kn clowns. You got cold case murders that are still trying to be solved, what makes them think authorities won't eventually find them. Especially after they show their faces on camera. I bet their dumbass are part of the same crew, especially the one that came back twice in 12 hrs. Stupidity at it's finest. And watch those iPhone and Macbook get black listed and they'll have to flip it for parts, but in return go to jail. lmao. And how stupid are they to believe Apple can't track them

17. ShadowHammer

Posts: 197; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I don't care much for thieves - glad they caught these guys.

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