Friday, June 10, 2016
Thieves easily stroll out of an Apple Store with over $66k in devices
Thieves dressed as Apple Store staff have stolen a total of $66,000’s worth of iPhones in two separate thefts at retail stores in New York. Apple’s Upper West Side store was targeted back in March, when 67 iPhones worth almost $50k were stolen, followed by the theft of 19 phones worth $16k from the SoHo store last week.
Police now believe that the same thieves may be responsible for both. The criminals seemed to have done their research well:
It’s clear that these thieves know their way around an Apple store. In all the robberies, the suspects “dressed similarly” to Apple employees, walking directly to the drawers where brand-new, unlocked iPhones were stored. And the Upper West Side location is a particularly smart target since it’s used to train employees—an unfamiliar face wearing the uniform wouldn’t stick out.
It’s not known whether the thieves wore genuine or fake shirts, but the new shirts introduced last year and subsequently updated may have made the ruse easier, as there are now multiples styles of shirt in use.
It’s not the first time thieves have used deception to walk out of Apple Stores loaded down with stolen kit. An East Tampa man managed to use a crazily simple con to walk away with $309k’s worth of kit back in 2014, and a former NBA player simply pretended to check out with EasyPay later the same year.