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For the second time in less than six months, a group of thieves managed to bust their way into Apple’s upscale Corte Madera, California retail store location, making away with approximately $24,000 worth of products, including a total of 17 iPhones, three iPads, and two Mac computers, according to a report by ABC7 News.
Shortly after the location closed at 8:00 pm on Monday evening, authorities say a total of five burglars appearing to be in their late teens or early 20s filed into the store, located outdoors at the swanky Village at Corte Madera shopping center just north of San Francisco.
The burglars have yet to be apprehended, and so police are asking the public to call the Central Marin Police Authority if they have any information related to the crime. A security guard who was working on site reported last seeing the group running towards the rear end of Macy’s department store.
While there doesn’t appear to be any immediate link between them, the Monday evening robbery is actually the second instance in which the Corte Madera Apple Store has been broken into within the last few months. On November 25th, 2016, an unidentified group also made their way into the upscale location, ultimately making away with between $35,000 and $40,000 worth of products, according to ABC7 News.
Look at the empty counter at the Corte Madera Apple Store. Police say 5 thieves grabbed about $24k worth of products and took off last night pic.twitter.com/FSrkYSH32q
— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) April 25, 2017
Apple Store locations have often been a prime target for burglaries, primarily in light of their sprawling display of expensive electronics — and the visibility of them, since Apple has a preference for implementing glass facades at the front of its retail locations. However it’s most often the outdoor storefronts that are affected, given their ease of access after hours.
Back in December, for example, a group of thieves plowed their SUV into Apple’s Palo Alto, California location, at whence between eight and ten burglars emerged from the vehicle and ransacked the store of essentially all products on display. In June of last year, another group — cleverly disguised as Apple Store employees — managed to make their way into the back room at Apple’s busy Brooklyn, NYC location, ultimately making away with 19 iPhones.