Six Apple Store employees nabbed in iPhone theft ring

Six Apple Store employees nabbed in iPhone theft ring
Sometimes it is those on the inside that you need to be worried about the most. In Fort Lauderdale, six Apple Store employees were snagged by the cops, as law enforcement smashed an iPhone theft ring that worked out of an Apple Store at the tony Galleria Mall. The six worked together to rip off the store out of 600 iPhones, valued at half a million dollars.

The scheme involved a number of thieves who wandered into the Apple Store, pretending to be customers. In the store, these "customers" would be helped by one of the six employees in on the scam, who would exchange a stolen iPhone for a brand new unit. The Apple Store employees who helped the transactions go through, were paid between $45 and $75 per unit for facilitating the exchange.

The cops arrested former Apple Store employees Devon Persad, Daniel Michael Scotti, Adam Alvarez, Anthony Joseph Tranchida, Sadia A. Dandia, and Otis Jerrell Ferguson. A seventh person arrested was Best Buy Mobile employee Sean Flynn. Flynn provided a list of serial numbers from smartphones on the shelves at Best Buy Mobile, to the other criminals. These numbers were used on the new iPhone models stolen from the Apple Store.

The cops are looking to identify those who brought the stolen phones into the Apple Store. They are also still looking to find the buyers of the new units that the stolen phones were exchanged for. A Broward Country prosecutor says that the phones were probably sold overseas.

The scheme was discovered when the stolen phones sent in to Apple from the Apple Store, sent off alarms in Cupertino. At the same time, some customers of the Best Buy Mobile store were complaining that they could not get their newly purchased iPhones to work. That was because their serial numbers had been stolen by Flynn and used on the new handsets smuggled out of the Apple Store.

Thanks for the tip, Suzanne!

source: Sun-Sentinel



1. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

You know what they say: An apple a day makes you more susceptible to jail time.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Ahh...of course just look at their faces

15. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

They all freaking look like criminals. Why the hell would Apple hire them in the first place? Pay your employees more than minimum wage and you'll have reputable people as your employees... Oh wait, you'd hate to dip into your 159 BILLION DOLLAR cash reserves... Stupid Apple!

21. Tony729

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

Pretty sure if you had a mugshot taken of you, you would look like a criminal too... idiot.

3. DouchebagWendy

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Glad I haven't caught yet, love my Mac pro :)

17. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lets have sex

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well what can they say, the iPhone is a steal.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Petty much. Their whole culture is thievery based in a way. Evil is promoted from within. +1

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

People sold thierselfs and kidney to buy this garbage phone Lmfao

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31752; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"Theirselfs"? How about "themselves" dummy.

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Stupid swipe Ok iTroll

18. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

just go home man

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

"If you don't have an IPhone, you don't have an IPhone ".....?

7. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I dont like Apple products :c

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Neither do i

19. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

the computers a Great tho

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

i get mad just holding it its so cluttered and messy

11. sonyfanboy

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Why they did this. I thought in america people have enough salary for living and its an Asian countries problem. I think they did it to be rich persons overnight. Its very shameful act. Being not a rich person does not mean to steal things.

14. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

There are criminals on every continent. Trying to understand how a criminal thinks is like trying to explain how a child thinks. They fail to understand their place in the world so they just go around testing their boundaries until an authority figure puts them in their place then they grow up. That or they're just simply a bully who just has gotten older without growing out of it... My favorite quote on this came from my brother in law who is a police officer, I asked him how his day was. He said, "Ehhh... You know, another day of dealing with adults who don't know how to act like adults..."

20. sonyfanboy

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Yes it is. And they also broke the trust of their employer who have appointed them to work for him and been paid them for their living of their family. And which hearts, you trust some one and he deceives you.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Geniuses,.. No less.

22. TheOracle

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

The bay area in Northern California has experienced an array of iphone store break ins , Berkeley and Palo Alto, Ca. I know at the Palo Alto store the news crew cought a glimpse of an iphone store employee wearing a red shirt signifiying his ties to the Norteno aka Nor Cal gang. I know that the gang has been behind many other bay area electronic store break ins. Taking orders from "Bruce on the Lose Arana" (born 9/21/1977)I know his girlfriend (Jennifer Marie Valdez or her alias Jessica Marie Valdez born 9/08/1984) from hayward, ca 24545 Amador st. JACKSON ARMS APTS has tie to Florida and interesting enough there has been a rash of vehicle burglarys as well. It seems were ever they have a family members there are iphone store robberys, bank robbery's such as the bank robbery that netted them 1.5 Million dollars in Colorado, and yes not forget home invasions and expensive luxury cars such as Belmont, ca just to mention a few.

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