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Thieves Clear Out NJ Apple Store In 31 Seconds 459

Posted by timothy
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theodp writes "An amazing surveillance tape of a burglary in progress at a New Jersey Apple Store shows five perps in masks smashing the plate-glass doors at 2:05 a.m., signaling to the security guard that they had a gun, and clearing off the display tables with the efficiency of a Indy 500 pit crew. The take: 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones and 9 iPod touches in 31 seconds flat. Estimated value, based on average selling price: $46,345. No word yet on whether Microsoft's Laptop Hunters have alibis."
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Thieves Clear Out Apple Store In 31 Seconds

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  • by SpectreBlofeld (886224) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:25PM (#29335191)

    ...Apple has received a million dollars worth of free publicity for the low cost of their insurance deductible.

    • by Clever7Devil (985356) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:33PM (#29335271)
      The joke's on the thieves really. I hear that by the time they made it back to the hideout 13 of those iPhones had cracked displays.
      • by e2d2 (115622) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @08:16PM (#29335585)

        Yes but those iPhones were treated incorrectly by the perpetrators. The one that exploded in the one guy's pants pocket was not supposed to be carried outside of a fashionable case. Everyone knows that sheesh.

      • by RiotingPacifist (1228016) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @10:06PM (#29336167)

        I didn't notice them picking up any chargers either, man are they gunna pissed when the batteries run out!

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Psyborgue (699890)
          Interestingly enough, the maglock connections probably made them a lot easier to steal without damage.
          • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

            by Bobartig (61456)

            The insertion force of a power adapter, magsafe or no, is not much compared to that of an ethernet jack, which they forcibly yanked out of place for each portable. The damage from the power connector comes when the portable falls to the ground, and impacts on the jack, forcing the DC input to come apart from the DC-in circuitry of the power stage. When you are pulling, the likelyhood of damage is minimal, since this is not really different from removing the power adapter the normal way, that is, pulling on

            • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

              by Psyborgue (699890)

              The insertion force of a power adapter, magsafe or no, is not much compared to that of an ethernet jack, which they forcibly yanked out of place for each portable.

              Why would the Apple store use ethernet when each mac has built in wireless? I've visited quite a few apple stores and I can't recall Ethernet cables sticking out of the sides of their laptops. It would be unsightly and Apple is very concerned about appearances. Heck. If they were going to use ethernet they might as well have plugged in a Kingston lock (on the right side close to the ethernet on my MBP).

              The damage from the power connector comes when the portable falls to the ground, and impacts on the jack, forcing the DC input to come apart from the DC-in circuitry of the power stage. When you are pulling, the likelyhood of damage is minimal, since this is not really different from removing the power adapter the normal way, that is, pulling on the cord end.

              Sure. If you pull the cables straight out, regardless of connector, there is little likelihood of dam

              • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

                by GameboyRMH (1153867)

                Why would the Apple store use ethernet when each mac has built in wireless?

                Interference. Put two laptops within a couple meters of each other and you'll notice it. I can't imagine how bad it would get with 3 or 4...Also, bandwidth.

          • by jellomizer (103300) on Monday September 07, 2009 @04:46PM (#29343815)

            Probably however if Apple was really smart they woudln't have put an Apple Store in New Jersey... What where they thinking.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by PopeRatzo (965947) *

        The robbers who cleaned out the Apple store were in such a hurry because it was almost happy hour at the gay bar.

    • by RalphBNumbers (655475) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @08:03PM (#29335495)

      Quoth CNN's article [cnn.com]:

      The magsafe cords detached instantly, offering no resistance and leaving power sockets undamaged.

      Finally, the stiff unibody shells meant that the villains could grab the notebooks one-handed from a corner with no flexing, and no risk to the internal circuitry, the tough aluminum bodies resisting the jostling clanks inside the sacks.

      And so we see that it is true that Apple really does design for the end-user, with small efficiencies that all add up. Thanks to Apple, the scoundrels managed to load up their booty 23 Macbook Pros, 14 iPhones and nine iPod Touches in just 31 seconds.

      MacBooks: Laptops for a better class of criminal!

    • by Gerzel (240421) * <brollyferret&gmail,com> on Sunday September 06, 2009 @09:45PM (#29336069) Journal

      Low cost?

      Low cost per month but how many months?

      Insurance costs are always looked on as low giving the short term cost but never the accumulated costs.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Ihmhi (1206036)

      I live in New Jersey, and I didn't even know we had an Apple Store. I didn't think my state was hip enough.

  • ObComment (Score:5, Funny)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:25PM (#29335197)

    Apple Store's next product release: iRobbed.

  • Amazing? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sleeponthemic (1253494) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:26PM (#29335209) Homepage
    I don't know whether my idea of criminality standards are just a bit higher, but when I watched that video I wasn't the slightest bit "amazed" by it. What's so amazing about filling your arms / pockets full of merchandise and getting the fok out of there? I'd like to think that all of us are smart enough to "mastermind" a crime such as that.
  • Yes, but (Score:5, Funny)

    by xZgf6xHx2uhoAj9D (1160707) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:27PM (#29335219)
    On the plus side, that $46345 of Apple hardware was only worth about $10000.
  • by daybot (911557) * on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:27PM (#29335225)

    Some thieves broke into my college's computer labs and stole all the four-year-old iMacs. They turned their noses up at the brand new Dell Precisions in the same lab...

  • by EWAdams (953502) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:32PM (#29335261) Homepage

    Using a gun in the commission of a felony usually gets you extra jail time... and these guys did this for $46,000 worth of gear, which probably has a value of about $3000 with a fence?

    If all I'm gonna get is $3000, I might as well... oh, I dunno, WORK for the money and not have the years in jail.

    • by Clever7Devil (985356) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:35PM (#29335299)
      Good thing they didn't shoot the guard though. Bet the judge would have given them iLife.
    • by NoYob (1630681) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:50PM (#29335415)
      With all those retired folks having lost much of their retirement in the stock market (wtf were retired or soon to be retired folks STILL in the market is beyond me), they have gone back to work: flipping burgers, retail, and other jobs that usually younger folks take - employers prefer older workers because they have a work ethic - usually.. Hence the reason why the unemployment rate among teenagers and early 20 somethings are well into the double digits.

      Add in their race, which looks like African American from the video, that adds quite a few more points on to their unemployment issues - for various reasons that I won't get into and which we all know.

      Now, I'm by no means condoning what they did: I'm just trying to promote some understanding. When folks get desperate, they do desperate things. Just getting a job, for many, is not an option - especially in one of the worst economies in decades.

      There are some doing to support substance abuse, which being an addict precludes employment. They need help.

      Now, there's the crowd that does this shit because "it's cool". They're just punks they should get their asses shot off.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by timeOday (582209)

        With all those retired folks having lost much of their retirement in the stock market (wtf were retired or soon to be retired folks STILL in the market is beyond me),

        It's hard to remember how people talked in different times, isn't it: [cnn.com]

        Smart asset management
        March 6, 2000: 6:08 p.m. ET
        Expert suggests a combination of stocks and bonds as an ideal strategy

        With ten years before you retire, you still have a fairly long time horizon. While there is never a guarantee, the odds are well in your favor th

    • by SashaMan (263632) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @08:02PM (#29335489)

      Mod parent up. If you're going to commit a felony that will result in significant jail time, at least rob a bank or a high end jewelery store. Instead they steal an easily tracked, serial-numbered product with a ridiculously low fence-to-retail value. Furthermore, their crime is newsworthy enough ("Look at those shiny macbooks disappear!") that they manage to get coverage on major websites and news outlets.

      Finally, they incur the wrath of apple fanboys everywhere now determined to track them down: "Did you see how they handled those MacBooks! They might even have scratched the case!!!"

      • Finally, they incur the wrath of apple fanboys everywhere now determined to track them down: "Did you see how they handled those MacBooks! They might even have scratched the case!!!"

        What are the fanboys going to do? Throw their frappuccinos at them? Picture a bunch of apple fanboys trying to intimidate you. You just giggled out loud, right? I mean, we're not exactly talking offensive linemen here...
      • by Dun Malg (230075) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @09:31PM (#29335989) Homepage
        Bank? Banks don't have money. Why do people think banks still have money? Even the ATMs are usually filled from preloaded cartridges brought in armored cars. THe bank itself has maybe $20K in cash, plus one of those exploding dye packets, plus a "panic button" that sends the cops in immediately. Banks haven't been a good target since late 60's, when everything started to go electronic.
      • by Eil (82413) on Monday September 07, 2009 @01:38AM (#29337195) Homepage Journal

        Mod parent up. If you're going to commit a felony that will result in significant jail time, at least rob a bank or a high end jewelery store.

        Banks are nearly impossible to rob and get away with (unless it's an inside job and then you can really only do it once).

        Jewelry doesn't have that high a black-market or second-hand value. I don't know this from experience, but just look at craigslist and ebay. All the engagement rings that sold for thousands of dollars retail get pawned second-hand for an order of magnitude less. Plus jewelry stores are harder to rob since almost all of them are in well-secured shopping malls these days.

        Second-hand Apple products on eBay, however, fetch almost what you'd pay retail for brand-new ones. Couple that with the incredibly weak physical security of most Apple stores and it's hard to think of a more tempting target.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by jimicus (737525)

        Mod parent up. If you're going to commit a felony that will result in significant jail time, at least rob a bank or a high end jewelery store.

        I guess it depends where you are, but certainly in the UK most bank robberies don't net that kind of money. Largely because the cashiers only have a certain amount of cash immediately on hand - most of it's in a safe which you have to punch in a code and then wait some time before it will open.

        This is why you often have to give the bank some notice before you withdraw a large amount of cash.

        Most jewellers aren't much easier - and the value of most jewellery is actually pretty terrible. The main reason it

    • by LurkerXXX (667952) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @08:34PM (#29335673)

      WORK for the money and not have the years in jail.

      Nah, they aren't worried about spending too much time in jail. Last week they stole some iPhones and found out how easy it is to jailbreak.

  • Yeah, but- (Score:5, Funny)

    by FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:32PM (#29335265) Homepage
    if they were smart, they would have stolen AppleCare too. It's a really good value.
  • by Anonymous Cowar (1608865) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:38PM (#29335331)
    It was a beta test of the Apple's new Rapid Acquisition System. They're about to roll it out for use in providing businesses with their computing needs. Apple: Breaking down barriers and plate glass doors.
  • Stupid (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ShooterNeo (555040) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:46PM (#29335383)
    Committing an armed robbery with a firearm has sent people to prison for 75 years or more. That's not the average sentence, but the criminal justice system is like a slot machine. Not worth it for a 1/5 share of 20k or less..
  • Gone in 31 seconds (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gmuslera (3436) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:47PM (#29335395) Homepage Journal
    They got iphones there... How much time till they get located by GPS like in this case [softpedia.com].

    Not sure if still unsold iphones are somewhat in MobileMe or something like that as extra security.

  • iStupid (Score:3, Funny)

    by CommanderEl (765634) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:52PM (#29335431)
    Why did I assume when I read the title of the post, that someone had cleared out and ninja'ed the App store on my iPhone. So I immediately checked to see if it was still there, in my iPhone. Owning apple products turns you into stupid.
  • smash (Score:5, Funny)

    by beckett (27524) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:53PM (#29335433) Homepage Journal

    Once again, a dramatic demonstration of Windows failure. I'm getting a little tired of these attack ads.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 06, 2009 @07:57PM (#29335467)

    Steve Jobs notes the quick release power connectors, making the job up to 3 times faster than a PC.

  • by JasonB (15304) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @08:25PM (#29335625) Homepage

    Skips over the newscaster BLAH BLAH BLAH:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qER69SvyYV8#t=0m48s

  • by whereiswaldo (459052) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @08:41PM (#29335709) Journal

    I can't remember the last time I saw an electronics store that doesn't have a retractable security gate (bars):

      http://www.securityshuttersolutions.co.uk/retractable_gates.html [securitysh...ions.co.uk]

    That would have at least cost the thieves some time and not make it so "knife through warm butter" easy.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Jeremy Erwin (2054)

      Probably for aesthetic reasons. Apple should have specced shatter proof glass. In fact, that's probably why the laptops were left unsecured in the store-- to tempt people into visiting during normal working hours.

  • by chicago_scott (458445) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @09:07PM (#29335863) Journal

    It's a Blowout Labor Day Mac Sale on newjersey.craigslist.org! If you miss this, you'd better be dead... or in jail... and if you're in jail, BREAK OUT!

  • by Minwee (522556) <dcr@neverwhen.org> on Sunday September 06, 2009 @09:18PM (#29335931) Homepage
    I'm just waiting for one of the thieves to return to the same store trying to get service [engadget.com] for one of the stolen computers.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      I used to work in Two Guys in NJ back in the 70s. Thieves actually walked out the door with a freakin' canoe. And they'd have gotten away with it, if they hadn't come back for the oars. Dumb shits.
  • by iq in binary (305246) <iq_in_binary AT hotmail DOT com> on Sunday September 06, 2009 @10:01PM (#29336139) Homepage

    As someone who works for a computer store............

    I hope to god someone gets canned for this. There were so many ways to prevent this that cost maybe 1/4 of the value of the merchandise stolen. Laminated glass instead of plate on the doors, Kensington locks, or even just locking the product up in a cage or safe after hours. One of the most important rules of retail is control of the product. Further more, you can see that they don't even have pylons in the front of the store to prevent someone driving their car through the glass. The guard wasn't armed, either.

    If these machines were insured, there is no way in hell an agent would approve the claim. Those products were pretty much offered up on a platter. I have worked for several retailers, most of them computer stores, and I have NEVER seen a laptop whether Mac or PC without a Kensington lock on a sales floor.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 06, 2009 @11:53PM (#29336753)

      Your post is a great illustration of why Apple Stores beat the pants off most computer stores in terms of revenue per square foot. You're all worked up about so-called "loss prevention" that you've forgotten about getting people to actually buy the stuff. Apple Stores have been operating for how many years and this is the first one that's been hit like this? Meanwhile locking the product away after hours so nobody can see it would have cost Apple far more than a piddling $45,000 in profit over that time.

      The goal in retail is to make money, not to prevent theft. Theft prevention is simply one way to achieve that goal. Every security measure you take must be weighed against potential lost sales. Some of your advice would make little difference, like laminated glass, but pylons and locked-up merchandise are extremely unfriendly and are likely to backfire in terms of profitability.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by mdwh2 (535323)

        Apple Stores have been operating for how many years and this is the first one that's been hit like this?

        You think this is the first?

        Believe it or not, stores getting robbed isn't international news headlines. Even when it's Apple.

        And I love how you twist the expense of their products as being a good thing - of course they make a lot of revenue per square foot.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 06, 2009 @10:39PM (#29336371)

    I can tell you as an Architect, the cost of replacing the window will more than outweigh the cost of the computers for Apple.

  • by nukem996 (624036) on Sunday September 06, 2009 @11:38PM (#29336683)
    I've always said Apple has poor security. Look who's laughing now!!!!
  • News?? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by invisik (227250) on Monday September 07, 2009 @12:07AM (#29336815) Homepage

    When was a robbery of a retail store news? Maybe because they got footage of the whole thing it became sensational--so naturally to have to air it then.

    Real story should be "Security guard fired when robbers smash large glass door just as he leaves the room." How could the guard not hear that? Sounds like an inside job to me.

    -m

  • by hitmark (640295) on Monday September 07, 2009 @12:33AM (#29336935) Journal

    if thats a prime example of a usa news report, no wonder the nation is "weird"...

  • Apple: Big Target (Score:4, Interesting)

    by RRcGoose (891473) on Monday September 07, 2009 @12:40AM (#29336961) Homepage
    On a serious note, Apple products do seem to be a big item for theft. Just this week I experienced being part of an Apple targeted crime. On Wednesday, my father went to the local Apple Store and picked up a Macbook Pro for me (Because Apple won't ship to an overseas military address, but that's another story...). He took it back to the car, made sure it was well hidden in the trunk, and proceeded to the gym to work out. As he came out an hour-and-a-half later, security was surrounding the car and what was left of the back passenger window. By the looks of things, the thieves knew exactly where in the car the laptop was hidden and were only interested in it. Best guess is that they saw him coming out of the mall and followed him from there. His own laptop, two cameras, and briefcase were all untouched. The thieves were in and out in less than ten seconds. This is actually the second MacPro that I've bought, and apparently the second to be stolen. The first was sent through the black hole that is USPS and has yet to be seen. I'd bet a paycheck that someone else is enjoying it right now.

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