Multiple crooks wedged their way beneath the security gate at a Best Buy
brick-and-mortar store in San Carlos, California, and made off with at least 125 iPad
tablet devices. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene in quick fashion at 11:50 PM on Thursday night, but in the minute it took them to get there, the suspects had already fled the premises, iPads in tow, CBS San Francisco reports.
Deputies say the thieves lifted the security gate and slid underneath it. No small heist, the retail loss of goods is estimated to be more than $100,000, which would put the average selling price of all 125 tablets at $800 pop. Apple's iPad 2 devices sell for anywhere between $500 (16GB, Wi-Fi) up to $830 (64GB, Wi-Fi + 3G).
The iPads were stolen from a locked display case. Surveillance cameras showed the suspects executing a "carefully planned heist" in which they sprinted right to the iPads and never looked up at the cameras in a coordinated theft, according to a local CBS news report (video here