California charges 17 people in connection with Apple store robbery scheme

Shawn Knight

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The string of smash-and-grab style robberies that have targeted Apple retail stores across the state of California this summer has likely come to an end.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday announced that seven adults were arrested and booked in the Alameda County jail on September 25. Another suspect is in custody in Sonoma County and arrest warrants have been issued for nine additional suspects, we’re told. Suspects weren’t named in the release; charges are for conspiracy to commit grand theft.

The investigation into the robbery scheme remains ongoing.

The alleged crimes took place across 19 counties dating back to May with several of the incidents having been captured on surveillance video and by bystanders with their phones. Some stores were hit multiple times. During one of the most recent thefts, a suspect was apprehended by mall security and shoppers.

The robberies have resulted in the loss of over $1 million in goods.

Becerra said organized retail thefts cost California business owners millions and expose them to copycat criminals. Ultimately, he said consumers are the ones that pay the cost of merchandise hijacking.

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TomSEA

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Glad they caught these simpletons. But in all honesty - the store layouts lend to this kind of theft. Wide open aisles with conveniently lined up tables, chairs pushed underneath and the sample electronics lying in easy reach, unattached with any sort of security cable.

Apple - and any other vendor with this kind of layout - could do themselves a big favor by designing a still consumer friendly shopping display without making it easy for even the dumbest criminal to do a grab and dash.
 

Bannhammer

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Glad they caught these simpletons. But in all honesty - the store layouts lend to this kind of theft. Wide open aisles with conveniently lined up tables, chairs pushed underneath and the sample electronics lying in easy reach, unattached with any sort of security cable.

Apple - and any other vendor with this kind of layout - could do themselves a big favor by designing a still consumer friendly shopping display without making it easy for even the dumbest criminal to do a grab and dash.
Or they could simply get a Robo-Cop style anti-theft bot to blow would be thieves straight to Satan's back porch.
 

Capaill

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Any shop I've ever been to that sells phones or tablets or laptops uses security cables bolted to the furniture. Why don't Apple?