Shortcuts

Rotten Apple Thieves Steal 125 iPads from Best Buy

rated by 0 users
This post has 34 Replies | 4 Followers

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 24,856
Points 1,115,310
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Mon, Dec 12 2011 4:45 PM
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).
  • | Post Points: 410
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,735
Points 40,310
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: New York
Inspector replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 4:48 PM

I hope they catch them, either a inside job or a very well planned out move. They must know where are the cameras are and such. Could they look at the past tapes to see any suspicious people scouting the area?

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 200 Contributor
Posts 339
Points 4,450
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Montreal, Canada
slugbug replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 4:54 PM

Looked like the door was pretty easy for them to open.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,371
Points 80,285
Joined: Nov 2004
Location: United States, Arizona
Moderator

I hope they catch them as well. Time to go look on craigs list....lol

"Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window."

2700K

Z77 GIGABYTE G1.SNIPER

GIGABYTE GTX670

G.Skill Ripjaws X 16gb PC2133

Antec P280

Corsair H100

Asus Blu-ray burner

Seasonic X650 PSU

Patriot Pyro 128gb SSD

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 9
Points 105
Joined: Dec 2011
jst4tim replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 5:47 PM

Wow it seems like they should have all the serial numbers on file and would be able to track them if activated but I'm not sure if it works like that. These thieves must have been casing the place for a while or it was an inside job.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 200 Contributor
Posts 413
Points 3,190
Joined: Dec 2010
LLeCompte replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 6:28 PM

It has to be an inside job, their is no way the knew where all the camera's were. If they are smart they will get rid of them to another country, or they had a buyer lined up even before they took it.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 2,864
Points 29,610
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: United States, Connecticut

Definitely an inside job. I agree BB will have all the serial number on file and I am sure Apple can set something in their database to find them when they are plugged into iTunes.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 8,430
Points 102,120
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
MembershipAdministrator
Moderator
realneil replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 6:58 PM

I hate thievery, and I hope that they're caught and prosecuted.

Best Buy should release about 5 huge Pissed-Off dogs inside the store every night.

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

(Mark Twain)

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 3,236
Points 37,910
Joined: Mar 2010
AKwyn replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 7:39 PM

Kind of reminds me of something that happened in 2009 also involving Apple products. Shame, hope those people get caught, but that seems ever so increasingly unlikely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-Wj2-3BrNg

 

"The future starts with you; now start posting more!"

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 4,796
Points 45,500
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Kennesaw
rapid1 replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 8:14 PM

The thing about all this is the retail locations are generally cookie cutter setups, and believe me I have wired an opening location for BB, Lowes, BJ's, Costco, Circuit city, Walmart, Sams's, Dollar tree, Dollar General, Target and on and on. I don't really do it anymore but know exactly how they work on large brick and mortar location specifically there are 2-3-5 setups on almost every store. It does not matter though as all you would have to do is either not look up as you know where there going to be in general or wear a hood. The thing with this though was the time. Whoever did it is most likely a professional criminal or it is an inside job by one individual with some professional criminals. The big thing is though as Taylor say's " that seems ever so increasingly unlikely" as it would most likely cost more than the items are worth to catch them and prosecute them.

 Machine name: rapid1
 Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) 
 System Model: Gigabyte X58A-UD5
 Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU         930  @ 2.80GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.6GHz
 Memory: Kingston 6144MB RAM
  • | Post Points: 5
Top 100 Contributor
Posts 1,071
Points 10,850
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
CDeeter replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 8:27 PM

I'm sure Apple could use the MAC addresses too.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 6
Points 60
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Chicago
goldone replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 8:29 PM

Sounds like an inside job. While it may take more money to catch and prosecute them it still will send out a message that they or future criminals aren't above the law.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 2,864
Points 29,610
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: United States, Connecticut

At least no one was shot for them. You guys are right that they probably won't catch them and this is just another reason why companies have insurance.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 509
Points 3,965
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: HOLLAND!!!!
jonation replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 8:39 PM

inside job?

CPU: e6400 @ 3.2 (H-50'd)
MB: MSI p6n
RAM: 4G adata
GPU: GTS-450 and 8800GTS for Physx
HDD: WD 500G Black
PSU: 620W Corsair  Mod.
Case: 900-2 with 7 cathodes and AP-15s
OS: W7 and Ubuntu

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 509
Points 3,965
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: HOLLAND!!!!
jonation replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 8:40 PM

or just look for which entire family got iPads this christmas

CPU: e6400 @ 3.2 (H-50'd)
MB: MSI p6n
RAM: 4G adata
GPU: GTS-450 and 8800GTS for Physx
HDD: WD 500G Black
PSU: 620W Corsair  Mod.
Case: 900-2 with 7 cathodes and AP-15s
OS: W7 and Ubuntu

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 100 Contributor
Posts 1,016
Points 10,925
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Mcallen, Texas
OSunday replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 8:42 PM

That's crazy, something like that happened locally where I live at a Best Buy as well with Apple Products.

On a stormy night (as cliche sounding as it is) during hurricane season there was a small tropical storm passing through the city where I live (It's called McAllen on the southernmost tip of Texas an hour away from the the gulf of mexico) the wind and rain and elements of the weather caused a power outage and there was about 200 iPods and Apple products stolen from a Best Buy near my house in a similar fashion to this and the video posted by Taylor Karras.

Although that was more of an opportunistic theft in my opinion, I have to agree with everyone else that this was an inside job or done by professionals who had been scouting out the place for a while

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 47
Points 325
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: Canada
Samar replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 8:43 PM

Best Article yet..sound like "The IPad Job"..get it..like The Bank Job..LOL

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 261
Points 2,555
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: United States

That sucks. I'm pretty sure Best Buy has insurance for theft cases like this one.

Never stop learning... until you're dead.

Jack of all trades, master of none.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 2,365
Points 30,865
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: Crystal Lake,IL
rrplay replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 9:19 PM

Sound like an inside tracked job with a well planned getaway .. I do hope they catch and prosecute them too , but something tells me that the 'loot' was already fenced and sold at this time.Too hot to handle & also not sure if any tracking info from serial numbers will assist with the apprehension of the crooks.

"Don't Panic ! 'cause HH got's your back!"

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,371
Points 80,285
Joined: Nov 2004
Location: United States, Arizona
Moderator

The real bummer is that stores employ's prob wont get a bonus because of the loss of merchandise. 

"Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window."

2700K

Z77 GIGABYTE G1.SNIPER

GIGABYTE GTX670

G.Skill Ripjaws X 16gb PC2133

Antec P280

Corsair H100

Asus Blu-ray burner

Seasonic X650 PSU

Patriot Pyro 128gb SSD

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 501
Points 4,625
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: centennial park az
AKnudson replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 10:43 PM

i wonder if ipads are half off on ebay this week? ;)

 

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,409
Points 46,520
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Metropolis
ForumsAdministrator
Moderator
Super Dave replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 10:55 PM

Haha - those thieving numnuts (and their 'customers') are sure to get busted once those 125 iPads start connecting to the Internet! "Whatdya mean my new $100 iPad is stolen?!!!"

 SPAM-posters beware! ®

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 501
Points 4,625
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: centennial park az
AKnudson replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 11:23 PM

This is shocking that the thief could do their job so effectively, but this should serve as a warning to all retailers that 125 of your favorite products might disappear if  they are not properly protected. few will forget how they lost over five thousand dollars in merchandise in a only a few hours. It is sad to think that they would steal these items but we look forward to justice and try to trust our tired legal system.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 25
Joined: Dec 2011
EvenSteven replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 12:31 AM

check craigslist or Ebay, lol.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 18
Points 180
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: United States
erikiksaz replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 1:01 AM

I forgot, but don't Apple devices have a certain ID which Apple is able to lockdown in case it is reported as stolen?

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 292
Points 3,055
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: California
Aoshi replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 1:03 AM

Dang crooks. Get a job!

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 70
Points 560
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: Canada, Alberta
DDeveaux replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 1:07 AM

Reminds me of the heist at an Apple store a while back - carefully planned as well. Craigslist buyers beware - if an offer seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 467
Points 3,710
Joined: Feb 2011

I agree check Ebay.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 84
Points 960
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: Canada

I hope they catch these guys

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 619
Points 5,260
Joined: Dec 2011

Why would they keep that many on hand? Seems silly. I work retail, we never keep near that amount on hand of anything valuable... headphones and other small things, but tablets? Maybe a dozen of each and we get more every week :/

  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 25
Points 245
Joined: Oct 2011
ATigre replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 7:22 AM

If Kojak was alive today he'd probably would've said: "You can't corrupt it. And you know why? Because to corrupt it, you've got to show how corrupt you really are". I guess what he meant was to just send the "Mac" address of the stolen products to the manufacturer in "Californy or China" and disable them remotely. They can also use the GPS to locate the devices, or simply activate the cameras and take a snap shot or video of the people using the stolen iPads and put them on some TV show.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 70
Points 560
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: Canada, Alberta
DDeveaux replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 10:36 AM

MayhemMatthew, I'm sure Best Buy would sell more than a dozen of each model iPad every week. It's still the most popular tablet, and they probably ended up ordering more stock as the Christmas rush began. When buying gifts, people don't like to hear "we're sold out."

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 75
Points 600
Joined: Dec 2011
ajm135 replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 12:21 PM

I dont think i would go to jail for an ipad or 125 of them. Now a 125 Transformer primes now thats something to risk years in jail or possibly prison. (jk)

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 4
Points 20
Joined: Dec 2011
ADill replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 8:42 PM

Why can't people just stop stealing??

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 33
Points 270
Joined: Jul 2011
OmniDeus replied on Fri, Dec 16 2011 4:08 AM

a smarter thief would have waited a month before doing a heist. most retail security DVRs keep data for up to a month before deleting and recycling. some older tape systems would actually reuse takes after two weeks. most would ask how they did it, i only want to know why? who would want to steal an ipad, they're junk anyway.

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (35 items) | RSS