Armed robbers hit Paris Apple store, steal $1.3M in merchandise

By on January 2, 2013, 8:30 AM

Armed gunmen with a taste for Apple-branded merchandise burglarized an Apple store in Paris, France. The purportedly well-planned heist, which occurred on News Year's Eve, is thought to have net thieves more than 1.3 million dollars worth of ill-gotten iPhones, iPads and other Mac-related goods.

According to The Telegraph, the masked robbers made their move at 9:00 PM on December 31, just as a custodian exited the rear of the building after finishing his or her nightly duties. The janitor was "lightly injured" during the operation. It's believe there were about four to five men involved in the heist.

Once they were in, the thieves ignored on-display merchandise and went straight for the stock room, pillaging only brand new equipment still sealed in their respective boxes. They loaded up their spoils onto a nearby truck and made a successful escape around 9:40 PM, which means the store sacking took about 40 minutes from start to finish.

The timing of the heist may have been particularly opportune for thieves, as police officials were perhaps busier than most days due to the added chaos of New Year's celebrations across Paris. "Since the essential bulk of police forces were mobilised to patrol the Champs-Elysées, the thieves clearly profited from the opportunity to make their move" said Christophe Crépin, a French police union spokesman. However, a Paris-based police source assured The Telegraph there was no shortage of police during this time.

The exact amount stolen is still being tabulated by employees at the time of this writing, but initial reports peg the total somewhere around $1.3 million.




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TechGamer TechGamer said:

And Samsung for once feel that being the underdog is good for them for once

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Serves them right. They themselves have been stealing for years.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Serves them right. They themselves have been stealing for years.

Their business is fully insured against such incidents, they won't lose anything.

TechGamer TechGamer said:

Serves them right. They themselves have been stealing for years.

tbh that Much capital stole will not even be felt as it isnt barely a percentage of the capital they dispose off as they have billions of dollars in there pockets and capital

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Ironically, those will end up being sold at nearly full price on eBay, as they usually do. The reason for that is simple - online crooks are afraid of selling stolen Apple products at a big discount, it brings unwanted attention from eBay authorities and Apple itself.

1 person liked this | Cota Cota said:

That guy obviously got in the wrong place, I checked in gmaps and the fudge store is rite next to it.

Opus Opus said:

"News Year's Eve" typo...?

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Lol, someone always stealing from apple stores xD

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Armed gunmen with a taste for Apple-branded merchandise burglarized an Apple store in Paris, France. The purportedly well-planned heist, which occurred on News Year's Eve, is thought to have net thieves more than 1.3 million dollars worth of ill-gotten iPhones,...
Wait til Hollywood gets a hold of this story. It'll surely make one one hell of an action-adventure "iMovie".

I can't wait to see the copyright notice on this one. Something like, "FBI Warning, "Copying this movie will result in The Apple Corporation burying you under a mountain of legal paperwork and litigation, without so much as the benefit of a straw to breath through".

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

That guy obviously got in the wrong place, I checked in gmaps and the fudge store is rite next to it.

Ha ha. They really fudged the job. I'd rather have the fudge than Apples overpriced / overrated wares.

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