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Thieves Clear Out NJ Apple Store In 31 Seconds

timothy posted about 5 years ago | from the you're-soooo-specific dept.

Portables (Apple) 459

theodp writes "An amazing surveillance tape of a burglary in progress at a New Jersey Apple Store shows five perps in masks smashing the plate-glass doors at 2:05 a.m., signaling to the security guard that they had a gun, and clearing off the display tables with the efficiency of a Indy 500 pit crew. The take: 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones and 9 iPod touches in 31 seconds flat. Estimated value, based on average selling price: $46,345. No word yet on whether Microsoft's Laptop Hunters have alibis."

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Too bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335189)

Sucks for Apple.

On the bright side... (4, Insightful)

SpectreBlofeld (886224) | about 5 years ago | (#29335191)

...Apple has received a million dollars worth of free publicity for the low cost of their insurance deductible.

Re:On the bright side... (5, Funny)

Clever7Devil (985356) | about 5 years ago | (#29335271)

The joke's on the thieves really. I hear that by the time they made it back to the hideout 13 of those iPhones had cracked displays.

Re:On the bright side... (5, Funny)

e2d2 (115622) | about 5 years ago | (#29335585)

Yes but those iPhones were treated incorrectly by the perpetrators. The one that exploded in the one guy's pants pocket was not supposed to be carried outside of a fashionable case. Everyone knows that sheesh.

Re:On the bright side... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335335)

I cleared out my colon in about 13 seconds

that was a power dump!!1!

Re:On the bright side... (-1, Troll)

shentino (1139071) | about 5 years ago | (#29335357)

Did you shit out an obama?

You're not kidding, check out CNN's take (5, Funny)

RalphBNumbers (655475) | about 5 years ago | (#29335495)

Quoth CNN's article [cnn.com] :

The magsafe cords detached instantly, offering no resistance and leaving power sockets undamaged.

Finally, the stiff unibody shells meant that the villains could grab the notebooks one-handed from a corner with no flexing, and no risk to the internal circuitry, the tough aluminum bodies resisting the jostling clanks inside the sacks.

And so we see that it is true that Apple really does design for the end-user, with small efficiencies that all add up. Thanks to Apple, the scoundrels managed to load up their booty 23 Macbook Pros, 14 iPhones and nine iPod Touches in just 31 seconds.

MacBooks: Laptops for a better class of criminal!

Re:On the bright side... (1, Interesting)

ysth (1368415) | about 5 years ago | (#29335533)

Somebody's been reading Jennifer Government [amazon.com] , you think?

Re:On the bright side... (1)

Doppler00 (534739) | about 5 years ago | (#29335661)

Would a company that big actually insure against theft loss from a single store? I would think it would be cheaper for them to insure themselves.

The police found (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335195)

a load of gay porn they had dropped by accident. Defintly mac users.

Re:The police found (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335569)

Defintly mac users.

Or deeply closeted AC trolls.

Re:The police found (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335809)

It's ok, once you express your homosexuality openly you can get your Slashdot account.

ObComment (5, Funny)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 5 years ago | (#29335197)

Apple Store's next product release: iRobbed.

Re:ObComment (3, Funny)

Afforess (1310263) | about 5 years ago | (#29335369)

istore robbery? We've got an App for that.

Re:ObComment (5, Funny)

Mauzl (1312177) | about 5 years ago | (#29335523)

I expect the price Apple sets for iRobbed will be iWayrobbery.

Re:ObComment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335621)

Ohh! I brought the crackers and wine, I see you brought the rest!

Re:ObComment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335759)

Perhaps they should make a condom called the iRibbed.

Re:ObComment (1)

leromarinvit (1462031) | about 5 years ago | (#29335671)

Apple Store's next product release: iRobbed.

Really, that was you? And you even admit it in public?

Re:ObComment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335697)

Better yet, iGuard

Second Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335207)

Originalityage!

Amazing? (5, Insightful)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | about 5 years ago | (#29335209)

I don't know whether my idea of criminality standards are just a bit higher, but when I watched that video I wasn't the slightest bit "amazed" by it. What's so amazing about filling your arms / pockets full of merchandise and getting the fok out of there? I'd like to think that all of us are smart enough to "mastermind" a crime such as that.

Re:Amazing? (1)

NoYob (1630681) | about 5 years ago | (#29335255)

Yeah. And the way they were slapping them closed and handling them, I'd be surprised if a few screens and drives didn't work well after this. It'll make it hard to fence them.

Re:Amazing? (4, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | about 5 years ago | (#29335397)

Yeah. And the way they were slapping them closed and handling them, I'd be surprised if a few screens and drives didn't work well after this. It'll make it hard to fence them.

Because people who buy stolen property from the back of a van are known for thoroughly testing it first?

Re:Amazing? (2, Insightful)

mysidia (191772) | about 5 years ago | (#29335639)

Who says bad guys use the back of a stolen van?

In these days... I expect... One word: eBay.

Re:Amazing? (5, Interesting)

2phar (137027) | about 5 years ago | (#29335705)

Who says you need bother stealing? Just sell nothing [ebay.com]

Re:Amazing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335769)

no, but they have a surprisingly lenient return policy
(pull gun, "my money, now.")

Re:Amazing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335317)

But they were wearing berets.

Re:Amazing? (3, Insightful)

clarkn0va (807617) | about 5 years ago | (#29335319)

I'd like to think that most of us are smart enough to not commit such a crime as that.

Re:Amazing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335339)

I don't know whether my idea of criminality standards are just a bit higher, but when I watched that video I wasn't the slightest bit "amazed" by it. What's so amazing about filling your arms / pockets full of merchandise and getting the fok out of there? I'd like to think that all of us are smart enough to "mastermind" a crime such as that.

Actually reminds me of some old game shows where the winner was let loose in a store and they get to keep all the merchandise they can grab & carry in one minute.

Re:Amazing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335387)

It's not New Jersey - it's *south* Jersey. Practically Alabama. Nothing happens there.

Re:Amazing? (5, Interesting)

zygotic mitosis (833691) | about 5 years ago | (#29335475)

Totally. I bet they could have saved two seconds if they'd have ran to the back of the store first, snapping up the merch as they made their escape through the point of entry, rather than lugging full armloads through from the back.

The newscaster's commentary made my brain bleed. (5, Funny)

jpstanle (1604059) | about 5 years ago | (#29335603)

He talks about the burglars being "savvy enough to wear masks" and being able to distracting an unarmed security guard. Last time I checked, these sorts of tactics qualified as being "not retarded," but not quite "criminal mastermind."

Re:Amazing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335617)

From the video, "Watch again as the thieves show skilled practice at the art of bringing down that plate-glass door."
I wonder how much practice it took for them to learn how to throw a brick through glass.

Re:Amazing? (4, Insightful)

iron-kurton (891451) | about 5 years ago | (#29335675)

Even though we are so much smarter than these neanderthal criminal guys, we still have to look up the definition of money laundering in a dictionary.

Yes, but (4, Funny)

xZgf6xHx2uhoAj9D (1160707) | about 5 years ago | (#29335219)

On the plus side, that $46345 of Apple hardware was only worth about $10000.

Upgrade cost (4, Funny)

hessian (467078) | about 5 years ago | (#29335297)

And will cost $52,838 to upgrade in another eight months.

Re:Yes, but (5, Funny)

Kratisto (1080113) | about 5 years ago | (#29335313)

HEY! Apple's hardware is made to a higher standard. My Macbook is a luxury computer. It's the Ferrari of laptops... Not the engine, but... like... the logo.

Re:Yes, but (1)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | about 5 years ago | (#29335613)

The Acer 3000LMi is the Ferrari of notebooks. Apple laptops don't go "VROOM VROOM" when you start them up. The Acer does [cnet.com] .

Re:Yes, but (1)

Dest (207166) | about 5 years ago | (#29335707)

The Acer laptop line is also garbage.

Re:Yes, but (2, Funny)

bertoelcon (1557907) | about 5 years ago | (#29335791)

Yeah Apple is more like the Hummer of laptops, everyone who buys one wants to overpay again and again.

Re:Yes, but (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | about 5 years ago | (#29335679)

But...but...I thought that we were paying for quality when we bought Apple products...uh...ugh...[head explodes]...

iTunes (1)

playerone (903173) | about 5 years ago | (#29335223)

Hopefully the perps are selling those so they don't have to use iTunes. Such a lovely interface to your music collection... wait...

Well, the ads do say "Get a Mac", not "Buy..." (5, Funny)

daybot (911557) | about 5 years ago | (#29335225)

Some thieves broke into my college's computer labs and stole all the four-year-old iMacs. They turned their noses up at the brand new Dell Precisions in the same lab...

Re:Well, the ads do say "Get a Mac", not "Buy..." (4, Funny)

NoYob (1630681) | about 5 years ago | (#29335293)

That's because the thieves went up to their ratings site and saw this under the Dell entry:

Machine sucked. Couldn't handle the snatch and grab. Would not steal again! F----------!

Re:Well, the ads do say "Get a Mac", not "Buy..." (1)

Shakrai (717556) | about 5 years ago | (#29335487)

Some thieves broke into my college's computer labs and stole all the four-year-old iMacs. They turned their noses up at the brand new Dell Precisions in the same lab...

That's because Dell outsources their criminal support line to India and the thieves didn't have the patience to wait for "Mike" to get bold enough to venture off his script ;)

Re:Well, the ads do say "Get a Mac", not "Buy..." (1, Insightful)

Petrushka (815171) | about 5 years ago | (#29335785)

Some thieves broke into my college's computer labs and stole all the four-year-old iMacs. They turned their noses up at the brand new Dell Precisions in the same lab...

That sounds sane, actually. Macs lose their resale value very slowly -- around 15% per year, I'd guess; but I'd be surprised if even a brand spanking new Dell would fetch more than about 40% of its retail price, and completely unsurprised if it went for 300 or less.

(Sane on the part of the thieves, that is, not on the part of the people buying the second-hand Macs.)

Can only imagine the first thing out of Steve Jobs (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335233)

Secretary: shall I hoist the Applechan domain?
Jobs: Nay! This is a job for my boys at Stormfront(tm).  They'll find those cotton-pickin' chicken' chokers!
Secretary: sir, to remind you we have long since been working with NSA, Darpa, and CIA on the ASIC contingency design that is similar to the recumbant cell network triangulation?
Jobs: shush, and get me my lynchin' sweater knit from those former Apple interns.

This is a duped story... (-1, Offtopic)

lag10 (667114) | about 5 years ago | (#29335245)

Way to go, Slashdot. You've done it again: another duped story.

Here's the first version of the story posted on /.:
http://slashdot.org/submission/1067553/Thieves-Clear-Out-Apple-Store-In-31-Seconds [slashdot.org]

Re:This is a duped story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335289)

It's not a dupe if the other isn't approved....

Re:This is a duped story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335329)

The video [cnn.com] from that submission doesn't make my eyes bleed, thanks! Whoever posted it to youtube stretched it horizontally by a factor of 4:3 like an idiot.

Re:This is a duped story... (1)

TheGreenNuke (1612943) | about 5 years ago | (#29335351)

Look at your link again. Specifically the part of it that looks like this : */submission/* . Notice how that looks compared to the address for this story that looks like */story/*

That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (5, Insightful)

EWAdams (953502) | about 5 years ago | (#29335261)

Using a gun in the commission of a felony usually gets you extra jail time... and these guys did this for $46,000 worth of gear, which probably has a value of about $3000 with a fence?

If all I'm gonna get is $3000, I might as well... oh, I dunno, WORK for the money and not have the years in jail.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (4, Funny)

Clever7Devil (985356) | about 5 years ago | (#29335299)

Good thing they didn't shoot the guard though. Bet the judge would have given them iLife.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (1)

codeguy007 (179016) | about 5 years ago | (#29335301)

Well the made the Security Guard think they had a gun to scare him. Where they did or not would be hard to prove unless it was caught on camera.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (3, Informative)

Shakrai (717556) | about 5 years ago | (#29335437)

Well the made the Security Guard think they had a gun to scare him. Where they did or not would be hard to prove unless it was caught on camera.

The law often doesn't make a distinction between making your victim think you have a deadly weapon and actually possessing one.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335623)

> The law often doesn't make a distinction between making your victim think you have a deadly weapon and actually possessing one.

That's right. If I imply I have a gun in my pocket and you jump me and kill me, the fact that I actually had no such gun doesn't matter. I led you to believe I did, therefore you acted as if I did.

On the other hand, if you invade my country looking for the WMDs in my secret labs, which I damn well acted as if I had, people want to put you on trial as a war criminal.

What a world.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (0, Flamebait)

SBrach (1073190) | about 5 years ago | (#29335337)

$3000 in 31 seconds is $351,000 an hour. But you do have to deal with the ass rapings. You know, from using the Macs.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (1)

eggnet (75425) | about 5 years ago | (#29335739)

So they can plan, get to the apple store in a coordinated manner, steal the equipment, fence it, split the money, and be ready for the next cycle in 31 seconds?

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (4, Funny)

Falconhell (1289630) | about 5 years ago | (#29335779)

"ass rapings. You know, from using the Macs."

They have the rounded corners, to make that slightly less painful.

Always thinking of the user Apple....

Unemployment in New Jersey 9.6% (5, Insightful)

NoYob (1630681) | about 5 years ago | (#29335415)

With all those retired folks having lost much of their retirement in the stock market (wtf were retired or soon to be retired folks STILL in the market is beyond me), they have gone back to work: flipping burgers, retail, and other jobs that usually younger folks take - employers prefer older workers because they have a work ethic - usually.. Hence the reason why the unemployment rate among teenagers and early 20 somethings are well into the double digits.

Add in their race, which looks like African American from the video, that adds quite a few more points on to their unemployment issues - for various reasons that I won't get into and which we all know.

Now, I'm by no means condoning what they did: I'm just trying to promote some understanding. When folks get desperate, they do desperate things. Just getting a job, for many, is not an option - especially in one of the worst economies in decades.

There are some doing to support substance abuse, which being an addict precludes employment. They need help.

Now, there's the crowd that does this shit because "it's cool". They're just punks they should get their asses shot off.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (4, Insightful)

SashaMan (263632) | about 5 years ago | (#29335489)

Mod parent up. If you're going to commit a felony that will result in significant jail time, at least rob a bank or a high end jewelery store. Instead they steal an easily tracked, serial-numbered product with a ridiculously low fence-to-retail value. Furthermore, their crime is newsworthy enough ("Look at those shiny macbooks disappear!") that they manage to get coverage on major websites and news outlets.

Finally, they incur the wrath of apple fanboys everywhere now determined to track them down: "Did you see how they handled those MacBooks! They might even have scratched the case!!!"

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (4, Insightful)

nomadic (141991) | about 5 years ago | (#29335719)

Finally, they incur the wrath of apple fanboys everywhere now determined to track them down: "Did you see how they handled those MacBooks! They might even have scratched the case!!!"

What are the fanboys going to do? Throw their frappuccinos at them? Picture a bunch of apple fanboys trying to intimidate you. You just giggled out loud, right? I mean, we're not exactly talking offensive linemen here...

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335825)

We're talking crazy people with money - crazy people with money may have slightly less power than they used to, but when the firing squad fires, there's usually crazy people with money behind that.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (1)

ysth (1368415) | about 5 years ago | (#29335491)

Re gesturing like they had a gun, I watched the video twice and didn't see wtf that was talking about. Can anyone make any sense of this?

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335647)

If you say they brandished a weapon then it was a violent crime -- robbery -- as opposed to just burglary and larceny. Prosecutors like to add such flair to their description of crimes because it makes for better headlines and plea bargains.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (1)

Zero_Independent (664974) | about 5 years ago | (#29335575)

Fuck no it doesn't have the a value of $3000 fence. They're gonna sell it piece meal on craigslist over the course of a year and a half in different cities.

They made 46k in 31s. Divide by five and each man made a million dollars per hour. Face it. These guys aren't stupid. I always felt that having a storefront with thousands of dollars of stuff in plain view with nothing but a pane of glass separating JUST MIGHT POSSIBLY be a security hole, but hey what do I know? I'm just a big dummy like those crooks.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (4, Funny)

LurkerXXX (667952) | about 5 years ago | (#29335673)

WORK for the money and not have the years in jail.

Nah, they aren't worried about spending too much time in jail. Last week they stole some iPhones and found out how easy it is to jailbreak.

Re:That's pathetic! They get dumber every day. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335831)

Look at their hands, they are black. "Work" is not an option.

Yeah, but- (5, Funny)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | about 5 years ago | (#29335265)

if they were smart, they would have stolen AppleCare too. It's a really good value.

It wasn't a robbery! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Cowar (1608865) | about 5 years ago | (#29335331)

It was a beta test of the Apple's new Rapid Acquisition System. They're about to roll it out for use in providing businesses with their computing needs. Apple: Breaking down barriers and plate glass doors.

Stupid (2, Insightful)

ShooterNeo (555040) | about 5 years ago | (#29335383)

Committing an armed robbery with a firearm has sent people to prison for 75 years or more. That's not the average sentence, but the criminal justice system is like a slot machine. Not worth it for a 1/5 share of 20k or less..

Gone in 31 seconds (4, Interesting)

gmuslera (3436) | about 5 years ago | (#29335395)

They got iphones there... How much time till they get located by GPS like in this case [softpedia.com] .

Not sure if still unsold iphones are somewhat in MobileMe or something like that as extra security.

Apple Marketing Strategy... (1)

Xin Jing (1587107) | about 5 years ago | (#29335419)

Wouldn't it be sad if this was an elaborate Apple marketing strategy? Apple paid to insure and supply this 'newsitem'. Every single person involved signed a non-disclosure agreement and were actors, the police where informed it was a conbination product promotion and security training seminar about high-dollar burglaries that occur in under a minute. "Thankfully, no one was injured. Police are investigating the robbery".

Re:Apple Marketing Strategy... (1)

moon3 (1530265) | about 5 years ago | (#29335607)

Staged? I would not be surprised, they throw tens of millions on marketing.

Re:Apple Marketing Strategy... (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 5 years ago | (#29335745)

with the exception that whole 'filing a false police claim' problem they would get into.

The police can't 'lie' about something, or rather wouldn't about something like this. Whether or not they have ticket quotas, sure they'll lie like a rug ;-) But they've got no vested interest here.

Magsafe (2, Funny)

Mike610544 (578872) | about 5 years ago | (#29335429)

Good think those Macbooks have the magsafe connector for the power cord. Those thieves could have been looking at some costly repairs if they had been stealing Dells. Maybe that's their next commercial: "I stole a PC, but when I grabbed it the power connector broke, now it's like BEEP, BEEP, BEEP."

iStupid (3, Funny)

CommanderEl (765634) | about 5 years ago | (#29335431)

Why did I assume when I read the title of the post, that someone had cleared out and ninja'ed the App store on my iPhone. So I immediately checked to see if it was still there, in my iPhone. Owning apple products turns you into stupid.

Re:iStupid (0, Flamebait)

bertoelcon (1557907) | about 5 years ago | (#29335835)

Owning apple products turns you into stupid.

+1 ABSOLUTE FACT

smash (4, Funny)

beckett (27524) | about 5 years ago | (#29335433)

Once again, a dramatic demonstration of Windows failure. I'm getting a little tired of these attack ads.

Re:smash (1)

MarkRose (820682) | about 5 years ago | (#29335711)

Everyone knows that Macs are so safe they don't need a firewall!

Re:smash (1)

Vu1turEMaN (1270774) | about 5 years ago | (#29335761)

Apple Evolved! Their new product is.....

fDoors.

Cause doors can fuck off. We use Windows.

Elementary, my dear Watson (1)

nbauman (624611) | about 5 years ago | (#29335465)

The criminals must have cased the joint in advance.

So if the store ran their surveillance videos all day and kept the recordings for a while, the perpetrators should appear somewhere on the recordings.

Unless they did something stupid like erase the recordings.

Also, can't they locate those iPhones with triangulation?

Re:Elementary, my dear Watson (1)

sc7 (1141597) | about 5 years ago | (#29335565)

Only if the thieves are too dumb to turn off location services.

Re:Elementary, my dear Watson (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335587)

better, they can use the built-in gps and use the "Where is my iPhone" service from MobileMe :P
and there it is.. on google

quick release power connectors (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335467)

Steve Jobs notes the quick release power connectors, making the job up to 3 times faster than a PC.

No security cables (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335527)

The thing that made this robbery particularly easy is that it appears that the electronics store didn't lock down their display models with security cables.
Possible inside job?

Re:No security cables (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335633)

If the merchandise is so valuable that they need an all-night security guard, why not just install a safe and store the display notebooks there overnight?

Re:No security cables (3, Interesting)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | about 5 years ago | (#29335753)

Most people who buy laptops aren't going to be tethered to a desk. A big honking security cage or even a simple security cable prevents a prospective buyer from getting a feel for how portable the laptop is. Perhaps Apple should follow the lead of jewelry stores, and lock up its merchandise after hours. To be fair, most jewelry stores are designed with this closing procedure in mind, whereas most at most Apple stores, the laptops would have to be stored in back room-- which may not be more secure in any meaningful way [appleinsider.com]

Dammit (1)

stms (1132653) | about 5 years ago | (#29335551)

They Beat my best time by 15 seconds.

A more useful URL to the start of the action... (4, Informative)

JasonB (15304) | about 5 years ago | (#29335625)

Skips over the newscaster BLAH BLAH BLAH:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qER69SvyYV8#t=0m48s

Maybe Apple will be smart (2, Interesting)

mysidia (191772) | about 5 years ago | (#29335651)

And have a list of serial numbers of stolen units...

And blacklist them from being able to install new versions of Apple software.

And make them automatically send phone-home messages to Apple and get bricked the next time a software update is attempted. With a message that says "Please bring to your nearest Apple store for service"

Thank god they didnt download apple software! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335667)

Otherwise their "theft" would have been pursued by special congressional committees and they'd be prosecuted for extreme global economic damage!

According to bsa statistics, each pirated piece of software is worth 3,000,000,000,000,000,000 us dollars!

Apple will restore them... (0)

techmuse (160085) | about 5 years ago | (#29335685)

The laptops were surely backed up using a Time Capsule. Not only will Apple restore them to their pre-theft state, but they can also go back in time and wipe out the thieves' ancestors, thus preventing the crime from being committed in the first place. Of course, this will create a bit of a paradox...

Obviously... (0, Troll)

dangitman (862676) | about 5 years ago | (#29335703)

This theft was organized by Microsoft.

No bars behind the glass? (2, Informative)

whereiswaldo (459052) | about 5 years ago | (#29335709)

I can't remember the last time I saw an electronics store that doesn't have a retractable security gate (bars):

  http://www.securityshuttersolutions.co.uk/retractable_gates.html [securitysh...ions.co.uk]

That would have at least cost the thieves some time and not make it so "knife through warm butter" easy.

Re:No bars behind the glass? (2, Insightful)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | about 5 years ago | (#29335823)

Probably for aesthetic reasons. Apple should have specced shatter proof glass. In fact, that's probably why the laptops were left unsecured in the store-- to tempt people into visiting during normal working hours.

MobileMe? (0)

malchus6 (870609) | about 5 years ago | (#29335721)

What no MobileMe accounts on those stolen iPhones? That would have made for some great PR if they used it to bust a bunch of criminals... Maybe the free trial expired.

Apple's having a sale (-1)

T Murphy (1054674) | about 5 years ago | (#29335743)

I heard the prices were a steal!

Serial numbers.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29335757)

The real loser here is the sucker that buys them on the turnaround. Apple will certainly flag all the serial numbers of the items stolen. What are the chances none of those things will need warranty service?

What if they register them when prompted...?

Maybe they can track the iPhones with Back To My Mac.....

You Find It, You Keep It! (0, Troll)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | about 5 years ago | (#29335817)

I was a Microsoft laptop hunter and now I'm 31 Macintoshes!
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