French Connection: entire iPhone 5 shipment snatched in a Marseille armed robbery heist

French Connection: entire iPhone 5 shipment snatched in a Marseille armed robbery heist
After iPhone 5 thefts on a a major scale in Japan and London, now it is France's turn. Around 8:30am the other day, two BMWs blocked a truck loaded with iPhone 5s and Macs in a relatively quiet industrial zone

The semi-trailer was on its way back from Marignane airport where it loaded the goods from a cargo plane, ready for delivering to the French Apple fans. Three masked men pointed a shotgun at the driver, and let him drive behind the BMWs, which were headed by a van to take the loot.

The whole convoy stopped in the countryside, and the driver observed how the men loaded just the iPhone 5 boxes in the van, and then drove away, torching the truck behind them. That's what happens when you are watching too many Jean Reno movies.

Considering that the 16GB version goes for EUR 679 ($874) in France, a few hundred iPhones represent a good chunk of change there, and we'll leave the French police wondering how did the robbers know this truck is carrying them, and its route.

source: LaProvence via GSMArena

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21 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

Can this be arranged by Apple from Conan's script to show how valuable iPhone 5 is LOL?

5. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

I don't need a better reason to ban iPhones than this.

11. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

MeoCao, buddy you might be on to something here :) Serves Rotten Apple right...

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Just another day for the transporter

3. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

OK, I'm flying to France... I'm on the case...lol

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Time for inspector Cleaseau

6. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

You stole Apple products? *in Russian accent* You're gonna have a very bad day.

7. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Or a very profitable one...

8. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

"we'll leave the French police wondering how did the robbers know this truck is carrying them, and its route." It sure as hell wasn't from using Apples maps.

9. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I think you mean iHeiSt!

10. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Ok now, what the f**k!

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Is someone trying to bring back Steve Jobs by assembling the stolen iPhone fives into a time machine? Boy, they're in for a wild ride! They'll land on a different destination considering the failed maps and maybe they'll get interruped due to the faulty wifi facility and finally the time machine will crack into pieces because the light leaked.

13. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

LOL, maybe Apple is the one stealing those crappy iPhones before they hit the market, because they are a total humiliation to Apple

14. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I blame Google for this; how you ask?...below is why it's Google fault. The thief use Google's map to make a clean get away; cause if they use Apple's map they would still be going in circle or over a cliff...thus, Google's maps help them get away...hahahah

15. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Time to call Poirot out of retirement... though I doubt he'd care about something as inconsequential as GTA and theft

16. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Apple should be pointing their thermonuclear war finger on these punks instead of Android. They're the real enemies.

18. Zahrawy

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Dumbass, stupid, retard and dim-witted thieves. Those morons have stolen a faulty merchandises.

19. inertiatic

Posts: 34; Member since: May 29, 2012

The best part of this article was "three masked men pointed a shotgun at the driver." I can just imagine 3 guys all trying to hold the same shotgun and fighting over who gets the trigger and where to aim it.

20. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Samsung must did it :-)

21. galfiszabolcs

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Truck full of Apples :))

22. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Pardon my French... Sacrebleu!

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