Burglars Take 34 Seconds To Swipe Nearly $10K From AZ Apple Store

Forget about the Nicolas Cage movie Gone in 60 Seconds. A pair of swift-moving Arizona bandits made off with $9,400 in Apple Store goods in the time it takes your iTunes to boot up.

The Arizona Republic reports the thieves caused $34,000 in damage by bashing in the doors with rocks, but definitely should have taken a bit more time and smashed the security camera, which recorded them swiping an iPhone 4, two iPads, two MacBooks and an iPod Touch.

Presumably the photo evidence will make for a lightning-fast capture to match the speed of the robbery.

Gilbert burglary at Apple Store nets $9,400 [Arizona Republic]


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  1. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    “Okay, so from our inventory records, it looks like objects with serial numbers XYZ, PDQ, RSVP, and LMNO were stolen. When someone tries to log in with them… DING.”

    Why doesn’t this happen yet?

    • humphrmi says:

      In theory each device will eventually phone home. However by that time, the thieves will have fenced them on the black market, and the schmoes registering the devices will have little or no connection to the original thieves.

      Of course, they’re still in possession of stolen goods, which at best means they forfeit them and at worst means a fine or jail time, if the prosecutor can prove that they knowingly bought stolen goods.

      Of course the pictures of the thieves will probably work wonders.

    • pot_roast says:

      It does. Stolen items are flagged internally. But it’s not as easy as “DING” though. They then have to find out who has it and where they are and whether or not they stole it or bought it off eBay/CL. That’s where a lot of this stolen stuff will go – foreign markets, eBay, or Craigslist. Then we’ll see a story about someone buying a stolen iPhone that they can’t activate. Or we won’t, because such stories don’t make the news.

    • ludwigk says:

      That’s been in place for almost a decade. If someone comes into a store or contacts AppleCare and gives the serial number, it will come up as stolen in the CRM database.

      But what most consumer devices don’t have is a kill switch, or automatic data collection built into firmware that would actually send the the devices’ serial number to a remote server every time it is connected to a network connection. Even if they did, what exactly is the “DING” you are expecting? Trace an IP? Ok, now what? No, really, now what? Call the police and send them to “the internet” to get your products back?

      The phones’ will be cut off via their IMEIs, but the rest of the product can be wiped and fenced.

  2. A.Mercer says:

    Any place that has lots of expensive stuff like this laying around and big windows and glass doors needs to spend a few bucks to armor their glass. It probably would have cost the store less than a thousand and it would have kept the guys from getting thru that fast. A simple layer of security film that is anchored would have turned that 34 seconds to quite a few minutes of hard work. Most thieves would have given up when they hit the glass and it shattered but stayed in place.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      So anchor the door? Kind of ceases to be a door then, doesn’t it?

      • aaron8301 says:

        Most doors have anchors of some sort. Us common folks call them locks. The beauty of these locks is that the right person can open the door with either a passcode or physical device known as a key.

      • Difdi says:

        Door anchors have existed for centuries. They’re called locks.

    • TheNay says:

      Actually, what caught my eye was that they were caught on video from a “distant” camera. Are you telling me that a store with that much high end merchandise, half of which already have cameras on them, didn’t have security cameras running? Only the “distant” camera caught them?!

      Hell, at the very least, i think I would have the cameras on all the Macbooks running at night just for this kind of thing.

  3. Martha Chang says:

    This WILL be the last time you see me.

  4. madtube says:

    This is familiar to me. A couple of days after I bought 2 MacBook Pro models at the Sagemore Apple Store in Marlton, NJ, the place got raided. Hollywood style.

    Here is the original story: http://gizmodo.com/5351450/this-is-how-you-steal-23-macbook-pros-14-iphones-and-9-ipods-in-31-seconds

    • Martha Chang says:

      Why would you buy two Macbook Pros? Even if they were models.

      • madtube says:

        I bought a new MBP for my wife as a gift for getting through boot camp. After playing with the computers in the store, I decided to get one for each of us so I would not keep stealing hers to use it.

    • sufreak says:

      Thats right by where I live. I head there or the Cherry Hill mall when I like to drool over the apple stuff.

  5. Megalomania says:


    • igoooorrrr says:

      First thing that popped into my head too.

      • alstein says:

        Burn it with fire was the first thing that popped into mine.

        • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

          I was a little slow with the GENTLEMEN because I didn’t see a carton’s worth of cigarettes shoved in his mouth.

  6. MercuryPDX says:

    $9400… so two MacBook Pros and a couple of iPhones?

  7. BurtReynolds says:

    So he stole one Mac Pro with an Apple monitor?

  8. Goldensummer says:

    34 seconds isn’t bad. I was working at Victoria’s Secret and we had a trio lift about 6000 dollars worth of bras in about 75 seconds WHILE THE STORE WAS OPEN! They distracted the girl watching 2 rooms in her second room and cleared out an entire room in just over 1 minute. They left the displays up and the theft wasn’t discovered for a good 5-10 minutes. Small high priced easily resalable items are often also small and high price easily snatched items.

  9. cardigan says:

    Methinks that the Apple Store should have installed some of that fancy iPhone 4 “Gorilla Glass”. Then it’d take at least 4 tries to bash in the windows.

  10. Alvis says:

    $30,000 in damage, not $34,000 (where’d that figure come from?), and according to the story, that’s the total damage bill, not just what was done to one door.

    (was going to post about the ludicrously expensive door before reading the original article and seeing these discrepancies)

  11. Bargaineering.com says:

    This is more a story about how overpriced Apple products are. :)

  12. UnicornMaster says:

    $10,000? That’s like 3 laptops. I can swipe 3 laptops in 34 seconds.

  13. Osi says:

    Good, considering all of the theft Apple does to their customers, Apple deserved this and more.

  14. rickatnight11 says:

    $10 in Apple merchandise? That’s about 4 laptops….not impressed.

  15. coren says:

    Your apple store must have one hell of a sale

  16. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:
  17. Shonky McShonk says:

    I say we mount a posse -that sounds dirty- and hang them from the nearest windows billboard and leave them there as a warning to all those that dare dream of perpetrating such an act in te future.
    what say you clint, bronson, deniro and pacino?

  18. runswithscissors says:

    Maybe the store was holding the inventory the wrong way?

    If they just don’t hold it that way, no problems.