A pair of men in hoodies brazenly snatched a table full of MacBooks from an Apple Store in California this weekend. The crime is very similar to one committed in New York last week.
The crimes took place so close together it’s not impossible the second was inspired by the first.
During the grab-and-run theft on Saturday in Fresno, surveillance video clearly shows the men stacking up at least 8 MacBooks in a few seconds before heading for the door. With a 13-inch MacBook Pro starting at $1299, it’s a safe bet that they got away with over $10,000 in loot.
Apple Store employees make no attempt to stop them, though another customer did.
The entire crime was caught on tape:
At a different Apple Store…
On Friday, group of hooded thieves snatched $19,000 worth of iPhones from a New York Apple Store. The MO was the same, though this time there were five men in hoodies. After briefly browsing, they snatched 21 iPhone 8 and iPhone X handsets then fled the scene.
There are no clues to the identity of the men in either crime, even though their actions were caught on tape.
With large numbers of very expensive computers sitting openly on tables, it’s not a surprise that Apple Stores are temping to thieves. It would be unfortunate if such crimes became common, though. Apple could be considering increasing its security presence.