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Thieves Steal $29K Worth of Devices From Another Apple Store | News & Opinion

On Monday evening, a group of five individuals entered the South Coast Plaza Apple Store before ripping iPads and iPhones from the display tables and running away. The heist follows similar incidents this month in Fresno, Calif. and Huntington Station, N.Y.


Costa Mesa Apple store heist

Another week, another Apple Store heist.

The latest burglary occurred on Monday before 9 p.m. at an Apple Store in Costa Mesa, Calif. The Costa Mesa Police Department released video footage of the incident, which shows a group of five individuals entering the South Coast Plaza Apple Store before ripping iPads and iPhones from the display tables and running away.

Police say the thieves – all believed to be males in their early to mid-20s – made away $29,000 worth of devices. The group left the scene in a silver Infiniti sedan, police told the Orange County Register.

“There were no injuries and no weapons involved,” Costa Mesa police Sgt. Mike Manson told the newspaper. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Costa Mesa Police Department detective bureau at 714-754-5637.

The heist follows similar incidents this month in Fresno, Calif. and Huntington Station, N.Y. The Fresno theft took place on Saturday, July 7 when “four black males entered the Fashion Fair Apple Store … and stole over $27,000 in phones and computers,” police wrote on Facebook. A day before that, five hooded thieves stole more than $19,000 worth of iPhones from the Huntington Station Apple Store.

At the risk of stating the obvious, if you rob an Apple Store, you’re going to be caught on camera.

Pricey Apple devices have long been a popular target for thieves. Earlier this year, crooks stole more than $100,000 worth of Apple products from a Best Buy by breaking into the store through the roof. In November, 313 iPhone X handsets worth more than $370,000 were stolen from a UPS truck.


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