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Apple Store robbery crackdown underway, California AG says

FILE: Customers waiting in line outside an Apple Store on the day that the new iPhone XS iPhone XS Max are released.

(Associated Press)

Eight suspects have been arrested, and authorities issued warrants for nine more in connection with a wave of burglaries in the Apple Stores throughout California, state Attorney-General Xavier Becerra said Thursday.

#BREAKING news: We have announced the arrest and indictment of 17 persons in connection with the recent grand theft spree from @Apple stores in #California. https://t.co/fG9TDwWFz5 https://t.co/InS9aFxiFi

— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) September 27, 2018

The value of the stolen goods, including iPhones, iPads, and other electronic devices, has more than $1 million, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“We will continue to work with the local law enforcement authorities to extinguish this mob mentality and prosecution of these criminals to hold them responsible.”

– Xavier Becerra, California attorney general

In the cases, spread across 19 countries of the southern San Diego to Butte, and teams of hooded thieves are entering stores, grab the display of items, and the flights — all in a matter of seconds, according to a police report.

Video footage shows groups of men casually walking into Apple Stores before you run out with merchandise, while customers stand idly by.

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The 17 suspects in Fresno, Santa Clara and Alameda, the provinces are charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft.

“Organized retail theft costs California entrepreneurs millions and expose them to copycat criminals,” Becerra said in a statement. “In the end, the consumers pay for the cost of the merchandise, hijacking. We will continue to work with the local law enforcement authorities to extinguish this mob mentality and prosecution of these criminals to hold them responsible.”

FILE name: The new Apple iPhone 7 is displayed in the Apple Store in the Grove in Los Angeles.

(Associated Press)

Officials Thursday were mum on exact figures. But a KGO-TV report earlier this month indicated at least 21 separate incidents since May in California.

A news released cited by the bee said seven suspects were arrested in Oakland and booked into Alameda County Jail. The eighth suspect was held in Sonoma County. The remaining nine are wanted on arrest warrants.

A joint investigation led by the San Luis Obispo and Oakland police, according to a press release. Assistance of law enforcement in each of the 19 provinces involved.

“This successful joint efforts of the enforcement of the law has led to the dismantling of a large criminal ring,” Oakland police chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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