Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over. As merchants report sales results, Apple Insider reports that authorities have registered a series of Apple-related crimes in the US during the consumer holiday.
Due to Apple’s expensive and expensive products, burglars often target stores and devise elaborate plans to exhaust them. Some of these crimes have even been caught on camera, but the perpetrators have not yet been brought to justice.
Apple Store robbery caught on video
A disturbing Instagram video showing two men stealing numerous Apple products displayed at a Palo Alto store on Black Friday is making the rounds on the internet. Local news outlets reported that the burglars were able to snatch $35,000 worth of products from the Apple Store.
People shopping in the crowded store were helpless and confused as the two thieves threatened people with violence and frantically searched the store while shoppers watched.
As seen in the video, the two thieves, wearing hoodies and face coverings, pulled plugs from display phones and shoved people aside. Some phones even fell on the floor when they grabbed as many iPhones and iPads as possible.
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As can be heard in the video, a man asked if they should do anything to prevent the criminals from committing the crime in broad daylight. Many were frightened and confused during the incident.
Authorities reported that the criminals fled the scene in a red Mazda 3 hatchback. According to the Instagram video’s caption, police arrived about 20 seconds later. The two suspects ran into an alley next to a nearby parking garage and police barricaded it.
There was a heated argument in the Twitter commentary on the video between people who saw the theft as a sign of a declining culture and those who praised Apple Shop staff for upholding shopping standards while trying to protect consumers from harm.
The San Francisco Standard reports that the robbery occurred on November 25. The video has since gone viral on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
More Apple robberies
Authorities are investigating a similar event in Utah. Following an ABC4 report, four men are accused of robbing a Farmington Apple Store of goods worth more than $50,000 in early November.
According to authorities, the incident, which has been classified as second-degree shoplifting, involved four men wearing coats and hoodies. By account, the men stormed the business and began cutting the mounting cords that tied the display items to the display tables.
In another incident, two attackers robbed Frankie Grande, the dancer, actor and brother of singer Ariana Grande, of his iPhone 14 Pro and AirPods in New York City. The thieves, aged 13 and 17, were apprehended and Grande retrieved the iPhone.
Meanwhile, based on a federal court press release, a California man was sentenced to 111 months in prison for five incidents involving contacting and stealing from guys on the dating app Grindr. According to the case findings, it was the man’s habit to arrange sexual encounters on the app and then find a way to transfer money to himself using the victims’ phones.
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