Thieves dressed as employees are stealing iPhone handsets from New York City Apple Stores

Thieves dressed as employees are stealing iPhone handsets from New York City Apple Stores
Criminals in New York have a new scheme. They dress up as Apple Store employees by wearing what passes for the official blue shirt worn by those who toil in the store. Once in disguise, the crooks make their way out of the retail location with a number of iPhone units. One Apple Store, located in Broadway on West 67th Street, was hit twice. The first time, a group of three including a woman dressed as an employee, made off with eight iPhones valued at more than $5300. That took place last February.

A month later, another trio went to the same store and this time, a male was disguised as an Apple Store employee. With this disguise, he was able to access a storage area by the Genius Bar and make off with 59 Apple iPhone 6s units worth more than $44,000. Law enforcement officials believe that this particular store was targeted because it is used for training new employees, and it is normal to see an unfamiliar face dressed to work at the location.

On June 1st, another Apple Store in New York City (this time in Soho) was tricked by someone wearing a blue shirt with the Apple logo. The NYPD said that this time the caper was the work of two men. The phony employee walked into the repair room at the store at around 5:30pm. Opening a drawer, the man grabbed 19 iPhones valued at $16,130. He then handed them off to an accomplice who hid the handsets under his shirt, and the pair then exited the store.

Like the West 67th street store, the Soho operation is pretty large, making it easier to get away with a crime like this. The NYPD is still investigating the latest incident.

To see how easy it is to impersonate an Apple Store employee, check out this video of comedian Tyler Fischer who pretended to work at four Apple Stores before being removed from each location. Before he was ejected, he did manage to interact with customers and the dialogue is hilarious.

source: NYPost, DNAinfo via Gizmodo



1. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Maybe thieves were brave enough to do it after they have seen that video . The thing is that people who are that smart to go undetected by other employees are not smart enough to hide from security cameras and that surprise me.

2. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

inb4 apple sucks, android > iOS, blabla

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

The wolf has wore an iCotton suits and entered to Apple farms and pretend to be one of the kind, then steal all the fruits.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I heard the employees at Apple store are 'Genius'. It's really shocking to me how they were so easily fool these geniuses.

6. TerryTerius unregistered

They're ordinary people working for a check just like everyone else. What Apple devicdes to call their position is hardly their fault.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's trolling. He doesn't understand the concept of working for a paycheck because he's too busy making ignorant comments on a tech blog.

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Oh the irony !

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

genius is just a word they use.. its actually a cult, lol

19. AlikMalix unregistered

You do realize Apple stores are the most busiest retail space in any mall. Have you been to Apple Store during their peak hours. There is A LOT of people buying stuff there. And I doubt these posers were there stealing during the quiet hours.

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

So instead of having the door locked and using magnetic reader or finger print reader to enter they leave it unlocked? No excuse to act like moron. At the store i work our stock room is lock and to get in you need to have a card. Only employee thats need to go in there have one ( sales ppl and support/repair ppl like me ) But ppl helping customer by training them ( yeah we offer free training to our customers ) dont have access as well as ppl working in the administration dont have access beside the boss. Dont take Genius to do thing right ;) Pun intended.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So being busy is an excuse?

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Must have been a big ass shirt if he managed to put 19 phones under it.

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well it's America so it's not unusual to see guy in 3XXL t shirt

9. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Except one problem, Apple changes the color of their shirts regularly and lately the color has been GREEN not BLUE!

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You think that happens at all store at once? I guess not since these guys were wearing what everyone else was...hmmm!

11. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015


12. LAFN

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Aren't the phones they stole setup to not allow activation without an employee registering the s/n or something at a register... like a store gift card anywhere else?

14. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Must have been pretty hard for the people who got their phone stolen. 1st ripped off by Apple, then thieves stole them. Double rip off!

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Must be pretty hard owning Android. 1st getting ripped off by OEMs for butchering stock Android and bloatware, then carriers rip them off through updates or lack of them and bloatware.

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Must be pretty hard owning a phone thats have issue after each software update and major issue. Must be pretty hard paying for a phone twice the price its really worth. Must be pretty hard to be so in love with Apple thats you cant even see the advantage on the other side of the reality ( android ) I personally am able to give good and bad side to both. iOS is the most lightweigh mobile OS currently used wich is very nice. Has a great ecosystem still better than Android ( but Android catching up fast ) Superb design ( personally i like iphone design ) The best warranty on the market with easy swap. Easy to use ( some android with near stock or stock are as easy but not all of them are *look at samsung* ) Great synchronisation between all apple product. Android now. Great customisation option thats are pretty much limitless. Much better value for your money. Ability to keep all purchases when i switch oem between android oem. The best Camera with best software for manual usage. Ability to put my calender as a full page on my desktop ( same with other apps ) The best voice recognition software currently on the market ( personal view ) External memory. Usually better battery life. I could go on but lets just say i can do more on an android than an iphone more possibility. At least i can see both side of the medal.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Must be hard owning a phone that gets piss poor updates, that break, the last update, that breaks the last update, that bricked peoples gear and then had to be fixed yet again It must be hard using a phone that uses the same design 5 times in a row. It must be hard to buy a brand new iPhone that takes worse pictures than the last model, which had a lower resolution camera. Must be hard to own a phone that can record 4K video, but only has room to store only 5 (16GB model) Must be hard knowing your $649 phone has the high failure rate in the world @25% Must be hard know that Apple has billions of dollars from tax dodging, frivilous lawsuits, and yet have the worlds most failure prone phones and tablets. Must be hard knowing that a phone from 5 years ago with only one update, still dos more than your iPhone out the box, brand new for this year. Must be hard to know that Apple spends $220 to make a phone they sell in many countries for over $1000USD, which no other OEM in the world does.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7115; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Shows me how dumb the people are that was in the store that was going for that sh** he was feeding them.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What funny in the video, people actually were believe the crap he was saying. "Next week they are goign to have the iPhone 5QR" Wow they lost $65,000 worth of stuff to theft. HAH! I mean, don't managers confirm the people are suppose to even be in the store? Even if it is a training location. Those cables they use to hold the stuff? You can just cut them and run. Here in Chicago a group of teens using these - - clipped the wires of several phones that were on the display and ran out the door untouched. Not worth buying, definitely worth stealing.

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

LMAO xD That brainwash marketing is sure hilarious, wonder how many fruity devices he managed to sell with that...

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