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Thieves swipe $27K worth of gadgets in brass Apple store heist

A general view of the inside of a new Apple store in Chicago, Illinois, usa, 19 October 2017. REUTERS/John Gress – RC138C0BA670

A crew of fast-acting thieves with $27,000 worth of Apple laptops and iPhones in a few seconds, in a brutal robbery that was caught on camera.

The four young men dived in to the Apple store Saturday morning at Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno, California, and with 26 expensive products – stunned customers and employees watching.

Video from the store shows the bandits, all wearing sweaters and sweatpants, descending on two tables at the front and the middle of the store, according to the ABC-30.

Two of them are working at lightning speed to slap, laptops close and rip them from ropes attached to the table, while another couple of yanks from tied iPhones, terrified customers, including a little girl, duck under the table.

The group then takes off, their arms loaded with pilfered goods — dashing past a crowd of frightened young girls and teams in a tough customer who tries to block their escape.

The customer, in a white shirt and a baseball cap, goes flying as the thieves knock him over.

“The different iPhones, the iPhone 6, iPhone 7, and 8, and even the new iPhone X has been taken in this grand theft,” said Lt. Mark Hudson of the Fresno Police Department. “A customer stood at the door to prevent them to leave, but was knocked out of the way.”

The police are now hunting the suspects, who they described as four or five black men between the ages of 16 and 18 years old. They believe that a getaway driver was also involved.

The suspects never displayed weapons, police said.

Researchers are looking into whether the heist is connected to a similar theft of an Apple store in Downtown San Luis Obispo, June 21. Thieves in that case made a table with the value of the goods.

“There are other reports from other places, other cities in California that have these types of takeover robberies,” said Hudson. “So we are looking for [crime] is connected to other crime, on a other Apple Stores outside of Fresno.”

This story was previously published in the New York Post.

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