Armed Bandits Steal $1.6M USD in MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, From Paris Apple Store
January 1, 2013 1:37 PM
Sacre bleu, not the iPads!
On New Years Eve, while most were out celebrating on the streets of Paris, a team of four bandits bore down upon Apple, Inc.'s (
) Paris store,
located in the swank Opera district
The armed, masked thieves entered the closed store by breaking a plate glass window, injuring a security guard in the process. They escaped with approximately €1.2M ($1.6M USD) worth of merchandise. Security cameras reportedly caught the raiders loading dozens of MacBook Pros, iPads, and iPhones into a waiting van, which then sped off. According to police, the suspects took "very little" money -- their primary target was the electronics.
The police at the time were preoccupied with keeping the peace on the streets of Paris amidst the massive crowds (likely why the bandits timed the heist for that particular time). Thus, by the time they arrived the suspects had escaped. As of this morning they remain at large, but the Paris police vow to do "everything possible" to apprehend them.
Christophe Crepin, an Unsa police union official,
the French newspaper
, "The four hooded and heavily armed criminals made their move very quickly. Most of the police forces were being mobilised to monitor the Champs Elysees, so the robbers have clearly benefitted from this opportunity to strike."
Thieves looted iPads and iPhones from the Paris's Opera district Apple Store last night.
The iPhone and iPads are known to carry certain
location aware security features
, so it may prove difficult to discretely fence the stolen Apple goods. However, given the devices popularity it would not be surprising to find some Parisians willing to buy an authentic i-device at discount from a shadowy purveyor.
In fact, i-devices are common targets for snatching-style thefts on the streets of Paris.
a "vast black market in prestigious Apple products" exists both on the streets and online in Paris.
The robbery was the first of this scale at the high-volume Paris location, and was the first robbery with guns to occur at that location.
The raid comes just weeks after
another audacious theft
-- a robbery which saw 7,000 Nintendo Comp., Ltd. (
) Wii U consoles from a warehouse in the Seattle, Wash. area.
Le Parisien [translated from French]
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