Apple Store robbery remain in the Bay Area, with 9 stores hit this month

The open display of Apple devices may be the reason why Apple Stores are a favorite target of thieves, some say.

Mob-style robberies of Apple Stores remain in the San Francisco Bay Area, with multiple locations, losing a total of more than $280,000 in iPhones and other merchandise in the span of a month, local reports showed.

Between late August and late September, six Apple Stores in the region were robbed at least nine times, the San Francisco Chronicle. In just two days, a store in Palo Alto, robbed of $107,000 value of iPhones, computers, and electronics.

On Sunday, an Apple Store in Santa Rosa was robbed for the second time in less than a month, the report said.

A robbery in Emeryville on Tuesday was that the shop is on the fourth place in amonth, the Bay Area, FOX 2 reported.

Roseville Apple Store has several high dollar thefts in the past few months, along with several Bay Area stores. I snapped this photo yesterday of an armed Roseville Police guard at the door of the shop.

— Randee Deason (@2hip4tv) September 27, 2018

The robberies have taken place in other parts of California: Earlier this year, five men in hoodies stole approximately $29,000 worth of iPhones and iPads from the Apple Store in Costa Mesa Orange County. That same month, a crew of thieves stole $27,000 worth of products from a shop in Fresno.


In most cases, a gang of masked individuals in a store, pick up devices, display tables, and take off in a getaway car parked in front of the door, according to the Chronicle.

This year alone, more than $850,000 worth of Apple products stolen in 21 robberies of stores in California, KGO-AM radio reported.

Although the authorities announced eight arrests Wednesday, with the suspects linked to as many as 45 assaulted, according to FOX 2, officials in the region as a whole remain concerned about the crimes.

“We obviously need to step up prevention and we need to summarize the people who are involved with this repetitive crime.”

– Emeryville Mayor John Bauters

“We obviously need to step up prevention and we need to summarize the people who are involved with this repetitive crime,” Emeryville Mayor John Bauters told FOX 2.


Some have questioned whether the store is open-floor design, with very few obstructions, so that these robberies. In addition, it saves without uniformed officers on the spot tend to be easier targets, San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya told KGO.

Information security academic cited by the Chronicle suggested Apple would probably be stolen demo products difficult to use. He said that the thieves would not get through the activation process, which is controlled by the company. However, the phones’ constituent parts can be used or work without mobile telephony, computer forensics official told the Chronicle.

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

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