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Given their high-value and prestige, Apple products including iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and more have increasingly been the target of an ostensible trend that could easily be dubbed ‘Grand Theft iPhone’.
The latest report of a high-stakes Apple product heist, however, just might take the cake as one of the most brazen yet, resembling something almost like a Tom Cruise stunt in the popular ‘Mission Impossible’ movies.
According to local CBS News affiliate WSB-TV 2, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, a group of thieves reportedly rappelled through a gaping hole in the roof of a Dunwoody, Georgia Best Buy retail store location last week.
Once inside, the thieves reportedly “burrowed” their way into the store’s main storage room, where they were able to collect and discreetly make away with an estimated $100K in Apple iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and Apple accessories.
“Someone that comes in, it’s a ‘Mission Impossible’ style burglary,” said Sgt. Robert Parsons of the Dunwoody, Georgia police department, adding that law enforcement personnel are currently working to obtain surveillance footage from the store, supposing any exists given the rather unconventional way it was entered.
Police are also looking into whether the Dunwoody Best Buy heist is in any way related to similar burglary attempts recently reported in Texas and Florida, WSB-TV noted, adding that they’re also paying close attention to see whether any of the stolen products end up for sale via sites like eBay or Craigslist — though, at present, the thieves in this case have yet to be identified.
This is a developing story and we will update this post with any information pertaining to an arrest and/or conviction, but we can safely say that if and when these guys get caught, they’re in for quite the barrage of legal proceedings.
As for the many, many other brazen iPhone and Apple product thefts — including the November, 2017 theft of $370K worth of iPhone X units straight off the back of a UPS truck — well, the majority of culprits were ultimately brought to justice. And so we can assume these thugs will be brought to justice, too.
Be sure to check out some other recent Apple product thefts and how the culprits behind them prevailed until they were imperiled.
- Thieves Swipe $22K in Apple Products from Upscale Arkansas Store
- Thieves Steal $590K Worth of iPhones from Moving Truck
- Band of Thieves Steal $24,000 Worth of iPhones from Apple Store By Chewing Through Security Tethers
- Gang of Seven Thieves Steal $13,000 Worth of iPhones from Massachusetts Apple Store