Another Store Burglarized

August 28, 2007

Burglars smashed the front window of the Saddle Creek (Memphis, Tenn.) Apple store at 4:22 a.m. this morning and within 60 seconds had stolen $25,000 worth of merchandise, including 10 iPhones, one iMac and six MacBook laptops. Police said the break-in triggered an alarm and an officer arrived less than a minute later, but the suspects had already fled. Some fixtures and two digital cameras were damaged, apparently as the burglars tried to move quickly. Police are investigating if the crime is related to several at Patton Comptuers & Electronics earlier this summer, which prompted the store to post video of the crimes. The University Village (Seattle) store was burglarized on August 22nd, and the Country Club (Kansas City, Mo.) store was hit August 13th.

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C. Wiens August 28, 2007 at 2006

Seems like Apple would be well to install LoJack in all their store computers. That will help track the computers down!

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Brian Kaemepn August 28, 2007 at 2330

The stores have a wonderful style to them, but is it coming at a price? I mean, I D K what Apple could do to prevent a cinderblock from flying through the front door or window as I would hate to see Apple ned to install metal grating for after stores close, but that may need to be what they do. Too many stores are open to streets and not in enclosed malls for this to be considered a rare occurrence. To be honest, I’m surprised it took as long as it did before the first store (Shadyside I believe) to be burglarized, but now there’s a total of four with those last three coming within 2 1/2 weeks of each other. What a shame.

-Brian

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Brian Kaemepn August 28, 2007 at 2335

Total of 6 rather, I forgot about the two last holiday season.

-Brian

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Justin August 29, 2007 at 0425

Crap thats my local store! I didnt even notice!

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Ron Yochum August 29, 2007 at 0518

3M has a variety of films that can be applied to glass which prevent windows from being shattered. Perhaps they should explore this.

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Muba_Cumba August 29, 2007 at 1427

“Police said the break-in triggered an alarm and an officer arrived less than a minute later, but the suspects had already fled…” What were these guys on? In & Out in under a minute? Were they wearing some kind of super suit? [IFO -- Makes you wonder, doesn't it?]

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Vinnie August 29, 2007 at 1924

I would guess that if someone tried to use the stolen items, it would trigger Itunes, Iphone etc, that the items were stolen, wouldn’t it? Vinnie

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Joshua September 1, 2007 at 1012

Well if they could get the SNs# of the stolen iPhones, the next time they try to activate them with AT&T, those could be flagged. [IFO -- My impression that stolen iPhones are pretty much useless if the ESN/SNs are known.]

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