Blotter crime: Apple Store robberies in Illinois, California and Norwich

The Apple Store in Orland Park, Illinois.


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In the latest Apple Crime Blotter, a USPS employee is convicted for taking iPads, Find My iPhone recovers stolen iPhones at a music festival, and counterfeit money used in selling iPhones leads to arrests.

The last of a chance AppleInsider series, looking at the world of Apple-related crime.

Chicago-area Apple Store is robbed

The police are looking for five people who they say carried out a robbery from the Apple Store in Orland Park, Illinois. According Fox 32the theft claimed around five iPhones and two Apple Watches, and police say the same crew is suspected in a similar recent theft in Oak Brook.

Video of the incident was obtained and released by local police:

Theft from an Apple Store in California

Meanwhile, in California, there was another Apple Store Theft end of October. Thieves hit the Apple Store in Monterey, California as three men wearing black hoodies stole $60,000 worth of items, reports KSBW.

The accused thieves then led police on a high school chase in a white Chevy Malibu with stolen plates.

Two accused of theft from an Apple Store in the UK

Two men have been charged for stealing 9,000 pounds (about $10,600) worth of iPhones from the Apple Store in Norwich, UK According to Norfolk Constabulary, a bystander was ‘assaulted and suffered cuts and bruises to his face as he tried to intervene.”

Pistol recovered from search for stolen AirPods

A California woman had her AirPods stolen, and after tracking them, the signal led law enforcement to search the property where they were found. There the police found and retrieved not only the AirPods but also a stolen weapon.

Signal SCV reports that the suspect was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property and weapons violations.

USPS employee convicted of stealing iPad

A man from Massachusetts who worked for the post office and who is accused of stealing two iPads and other mail items has pleaded guilty to one count of theft of mail by a US Postal Service employee.

According live massamong the items stolen were two iPads that had been delivered to Harvard University, as well as cash.

Find My iPhone helps find over 90 stolen iPhones at music festival

Music festivals are often prey to thieves are looking to steal smartphones, and this year’s Escape Music Festival in California was no exception. Nearly 100 phones were confiscated, often by pickpockets.

NBC Los Angeles explains how one of the theft victims used Find My iPhone to track her phone and eventually found it.

The report says the man and his friend drove 60 miles, noticed the phone was no longer moving, then called the police. The Downey Police Department found 92 phones in a pair of trash bags.

Arrests made after selling iPhone for counterfeit money

North Carolina police have arrested three people for armed robbery after claiming they offered an iPhone for sale and bought it with counterfeit money. According SCS 17the sale was arranged through Facebook Marketplace, and after the seller complained that the money was fake, the counterparts pulled out a gun and ran away.

Morrisville Police ride a prick soon after and arrested the men as soon as they arrived, and they also had a stolen MacBook in their possession.

The suspects have been charged with numerous crimes, including armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession of a stolen firearm, assault by pointing a firearm, possession of a counterfeit instrument, obtaining property under false pretenses, possession of a firearm by a criminal, and possession of marijuana.

iPhone 14 Pro Max stolen from a man before he could get it back

A man who lives in Chandler’s Ford in the UK ordered an iPhone 14 Pro Max and picked it up from a local store, only to find it had been flown before he might even pick it up.

According The daily echothe man was told by the store that they couldn’t do anything about the stolen phone, and when he called Apple they said they couldn’t do anything unless they received a printed hard copy of a police report, which could take months.

Eventually, Apple agreed to provide him with a replacement.

iPad stolen from California library

Police in Gilroy, California are looking for for a man who they say stole an iPad from the city library and sold it online. KRON reports that the iPad was stolen from the library at 3 a.m. and sold outside a Starbucks about seven hours later.

The man who bought the iPad didn’t know it was stolen, according to the report.