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Californian Apple Store is robbed twice in less than 24 hours

Cult of Mac 2018-09-11 19:55:10

The Apple Store crime spree continues as thieves hit the Apple Store in Roseville Galleria, Roseville, CA on Monday.

While another Apple Store robbery in California may not be a shock, however, the number of times this particular store has been robbed certainly is. Monday’s robbery marked the fourth time in 20 days that the store has been burglarized — and the second in just 24 hours!

Thieves carried out a snatch-and-grab theft in the Roseville Galleria mall at 11am Monday. They stole iPhones and Macs in the robbery, and then escaped in a getaway car. This followed hot on the heels of a 7pm Sunday robbery. Together, the thieves snatched goods with a retail value of around $20,000.

“In most of the cases, you can tell the crew has a plan and they’re organized,” Roseville police spokesperson Rob Baquera said. “There must be some market out there for these phones because in most cases these are floor model phones that don’t operate like a normal cell phone,” he continued.

The Apple Store crimewave continues

As noted, Apple Store robberies in San Francisco are becoming alarmingly common. Other locations to be targeted include Emeryville, Santa Rosa, Marin County, and Fresno.

While the thieves have mostly gotten away with the crimes so far, this isn’t an absolute rule. During one attempted August robbery at the Apple Store at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, California, customers performed a citizen’s arrest on two would-be thieves. A third was also later arrested.

Apple has tried to make its display items unattractive to thieves by installing special versions of its software on devices, which stops working if a demo device is stolen from the store.

However, this strategy seems not to be working. Recently, San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya said that one deterrent would be having uniformed police officers on site. He pointed out that stores in San Francisco which do this have so far escaped being targeted by thieves.

Source: KCRA