436 iPhones worth Rs. 4.10 crore are stolen by thieves who access the Apple shop through a tunnel in the restroom.
In order to enter the backroom, thieves dug a tunnel through the store's bathroom wall and broke into an Apple Store. They grabbed 436 iPhones valued $500,000 (about Rs. 4.10 crore), or 436.
In a nutshell, Seattle, US, was the scene of the Apple iPhone heist.
The crooks broke into a nearby coffee shop in order to get around the security system of the establishment.
After the burglary, the owner of the coffee shop spent about $900 replacing the locks on the business.
From Divya Bhati A brilliant robbery straight out of a Hollywood film occurred in an Apple Store in the US, just as you were beginning to believe that the plot of Money robbery was ingeniously creative and that such things actually occur in reality. Thieves tunnelled their way into the store through a toilet and made off with 436 iPhones valued a staggering Rs 4.10 crore in a scenario that may have been taken straight out of 'Ocean's Eleven'.
The backroom of the Apple Store was accessed by burglars who stole into Seattle Coffee Gear and tore a hole in the restroom wall, according to King 5 News, a local news station in Seattle. By utilising the nearby coffee shop as a cover, the robbers were able to get past the security system of the Apple Store and steal 436 iPhones, each valued around $500,000, or about Rs. 4.10 crore.
The morning following the event, a call came in, but Eric Marks, the regional retail manager, said he wasn't sure what to anticipate. The cops did, however, establish that his store had been utilised to enter the Apple Store.
Given how it loops around, I never would have guessed we were close to the Apple Store, according to Marks, who spoke to King 5 News. So, someone had to carefully consider their options and be familiar with the mall's layout.
Two males broke into one of our retail locations, according to the CEO of the coffee shop, Mike Atkinson, who also shared a picture of the tunnel the thieves made in the restroom of the Apple Store on Twitter. Why? In order to break into the Apple Store next door and steal $500k worth of iPhones, he tweeted, "to cut a hole in our bathroom wall."
Seattle Coffee Gear had to change their locks, which cost close to $900, and they anticipate spending between $600 and $800 on restroom renovations. The retailers' location, Alderwood Mall, is assisting the police in their investigation into the crime. According to Seattle's King 5 News, Atkinson and other others have come to suspect that the crime was an inside job because of how quickly and precisely it was carried out.
The fact that most burglaries target banks, jewellery stores, and other establishments to steal money or goods makes this one more intriguing. The iPhone 14, which has a starting price of $699, is one example of an Apple product with a significant demand in the underground market despite its high retail price.
Additionally, because to the abundance of items on display and their accessibility, burglars frequently target Apple Stores. In addition, a lot of Apple Stores rely on the mall where they are located for protection because they lack their own security staff.
Apple has not yet released a statement on the theft and typically doesn't comment on shop thefts.
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