Three thieves steal $17,000 worth of Apple gear from two stores within 35 minutes

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What you need to know

  • Three people stole $17,000 worth of devices.
  • They included Apple Watches, Apple Pencils, and Magic Trackpads.
  • They took them from two different Apple Stores.

Three thieves took a combined $17,000 worth of Apple devices and accessories from two different Apple Stores within just 35 minutes, according to reports.

The report by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Cult of Mac says that the two stores were hit between 13:03 and 13:37 on January 30.

The thefts happened at the Mayfair mall and Bayshore stores, according to the reports. Multiple Apple Watches Apple Pencils, and Magic Trackpads were swiped.

At Bayshore, the thieves stole 17 Apple watches, 14 Apple magic trackpads and one Apple pencil. That theft totaled $10,959.00.At Mayfair mall, the thieves got away with eight Apple watches, nine Apple pencils, four Apple Airpods and five Apple magic trackpads. That theft totaled $6,072.

It's believed that the same three people were responsible, with witnesses saying that they simply filled their large coats with products and then walked out of the store.

The video showed one man putting two boxes of Apple pencils down the front of his sweat pants.A second man grabbed five magic trackpads and put them in his coat. The third man took two Apple watches and put them in his coat.Two of the men then grabbed several boxes of Airpods and ran out of the store, leaving through the Barnes & Noble mall exit.

Apple Stores have long been soft targets for thieves due to the way products are displayed and are easily accessible. Not all Apple Stores have in-house security.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.