Apple Store Robbery Took 31 Seconds, Thieves Netted 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones
An Apple Store in Marlton, N.J., was hit by five thieves on Sept. 2, who made off with 23 MacBook Pros, nine iPod Touches and 14 iPhones. A video of the incident, currently circulating around the Internet, shows the thieves using a large rock to smash through the store's unprotected plate-glass front, before stealing the devices in 31 seconds. It was the second time that particular Apple Store has been robbed in 2009.Call it the Great iCaper of 2009: At 2:05 a.m. on Sept. 2, a crew of thieves smashed their way through the plate-glass front of an Apple Store in the Promenade Shopping Center in Marlton, N.J., and made off with 23 MacBook Pros, nine iPod Touches and 14 iPhones. The five bandits used a large rock to gain entry, and then indicated to the security guard that one of them had a handgun. Once in the store, they systemically made their way down the store's wide tables, sweeping up every device in their path. None of the notebooks, phones or portable media players included a lock to the table.
The elapsed time of the robbery, caught on the store's security cameras, was 31 seconds. Depending on the options for each of the devices, the total take could have been around $37,651, or approximately $1,214 per second of high-speed larceny theft. In theory, the whole incident could have been prevented with one of those steel curtain walls you see lowered over certain storefronts after closing hours.