Crime blotter: $18K worth of iPhones lifted from Temecula Apple Store, knife gang iPhone theft, more - Gadgets Price
Crime blotter: $18K worth of iPhones lifted from Temecula Apple Store, knife gang iPhone theft, more

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iPhones stolen from Temecula Apple Store, ex-AT&T employee convicted of fraud and iPhone stolen by a gang of ten.

The last in every now and then Gadgets Price series, looking at the world of Apple-related crime.

$18,000 worth of iPhones from the Temecula Apple Store

The recent high-profile string of organized shoplifting from high-end stores has largely bypassed Apple Stores, but a theft was reported from a California Apple Store in December.

Police are looking for a man who entered the Apple Store in Temecula, California, Riverside County, and took 20 iPhones.

The thief had entered the store with a bag and scissors and put the phones in a bag The Press Company. When a witness tried to intervene, the thief “branded a gun.”

Best Buy thieves in Alabama make hole in roof

In late November, a group of thieves broke into an Alabama Best Buy by cutting a hole in the roof and climbing into it. They then stole “a large amount” of computer equipment specifically targeting Apple products.

According to Fox 10The break-in occurred in the middle of the night shortly before Black Friday, and the thieves, who brought a ladder, “spent about two hours in the store.”

The Best Buy CEO had specifically talked about shoplifting during a profit call in November, expressing concern that fear of such a crime is taking its toll on employees.

Ex-AT&T employee convicted of fraud for scheme involving iPhones

A 40-year-old North Carolina man was convicted Dec. 10 on federal charges of conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. According to a Justice Department press release, the man and an accomplice used their positions as AT&T store associates to illegally create mobile accounts with stolen information.

The duo would issue iPhones using the fake accounts, and in some cases sell them.

Man jailed for stealing ex-girlfriend via drugged Face ID unlock

A man in China was jailed for stealing 151,202 yuan from his ex-girlfriend by secretly transferring it from her Alipay account. He did so from her own iPhone, which he unlocked by filling her food with cold medicine, then lifted her eyelids to get through Face ID.

While the woman was emailed by her bank the next morning about the large wire transfer, it took months of investigation before the man was arrested, the report said. News18. He was fined and sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

iPhone stolen, along with NHRA ring

Among the items stolen from a Best Western hotel in Indianapolis in mid-December were an iPhone X, a computer and a National Hot Rod Association championship ring.

According to WISH TVThe theft took place on December 11.

iPhone stolen by ’10 strong knife gang’

A man in Birmingham, UK, had his iPhone stolen by a group of ten men with knives. Birmingham Live reports that members of the gang first threatened to stab the men before taking the iPhone 12 Pro Max along with a tracksuit.

According to the report, the thieves began fighting among themselves over the iPhone after the theft. The victim refused to hand over his access code to the thieves.

Georgian Man Arrested for Using Fake ID for iPhone, AirPods Purchase

A Georgia man has been arrested for using fake ID to buy two iPhones, as well as AirPods from two different Verizon stores, then “struggling with an officer”.

According to TribLive, the man is accused of using the fake ID in a store for the iPhones. When police searched the man’s truck, he was found to have purchased $800 worth of AirPods from another Verizon store.

The man was arrested for resisting arrest, providing false identification to authorities, receiving stolen goods and theft.

AT&T employee arrested at airport for theft, pleads guilty

A 20-year-old former employee of an AT&T store in Florida was suspected of stealing three iPhones, two pairs of AirPods and other items from the store. In May, he was arrested at Southwest Florida International Airport, with some of the stolen items in his possession.

Fort Myers News Press reports that the man has since pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft, assaulting a police officer and corruption through threats from a police officer. He has been sentenced to 270 days in prison.

In a social media chat obtained by authorities, the man reportedly said, “I’m going to rob AT&T.”

Penn State student arrested for apartment theft

A Penn State student is accused of stealing items worth more than $5,000 from an apartment complex, including at least one iPhone and MacBook Pro.

According to the Penn State news website forward state, the student has been charged with burglary, criminal search, theft and receiving stolen goods. He was spotted by security cameras carrying out some of the thefts, the report said.

Wife’s iPhone stolen from casino

A woman having drinks with friends at the Valley Forge Casino in Pennsylvania had her iPhone 12 stolen from the bar by an unknown thief.

Sanatoga Post writes troopers working on behalf of the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement have determined that a 47-year-old woman from nearby Upper Chichester was a suspect, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Three arrested in Indian actor’s iPhone theft

Two men have been arrested for stealing Indian actor Nikita Dutta’s iPhone, and a third was arrested for buying the stolen iPhone from them. Indian Express reported.

The thieves are said to have committed the theft on bicycles, with one distracting Dutta while the other took the iPhone. According to the report, it was one of many thefts the duo committed that day.

As a finalist in the Femina Miss India 2012 pageant, Dutta appears in Bollywood films.

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