High-Profile Store Targeted by Burglars

December 23, 2013

In a scene reminiscent of several crimes against Apple stores in the United States, the Kurfürstendamm (Berlin) retail store was burglarized early today by suspects who used a stolen car to smash down the front door. It’s the first time a high-profile Apple store had been so targeted by burglars, although smaller stores in the United States suffered a two-year rash of similar crimes starting in 2011. Berlin police are investigating if today’s burglary is related to several similar crimes in the city over the past week. At about 4:15 a.m. this morning, witnesses say a black Opel Corsa sedan left the roadway, sped across the 40-foot wide sidewalk without striking Apple’s outdoor product display fixtures, and crashed into the middle door of the store. The vehicle never made it inside the store, but the suspects then stole display products and fled in two cars. In the U.S., the series of nighttime burglaries prompted Apple to install steel security grates over most of its stores with any vehicle access. But during a 2012 burglary of the Temecula (S. Calif.) store, a BMW drove through the security grating and then became trapped inside the store. Update: In February 2014 re-construction of the doorway was still in-progress.

A worker installs plywood in front of the broken middle door of the Kurfürstendamm (Berlin) Apple store. (Getty Images)

The middle entrance doors of the Kurfürstendamm (Berlin) Apple store were damaged by a vehicle driven by burglars. (Getty Images)

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