Manhattan Apple Store customers targeted by group of thieves


A series of robberies involving Apple products have been reported in New York, with a group of criminals targeting customers who are exiting Apple stores with their purchases.

A total of 15 such burglaries have been reported since June 30 in Manhattan, New York, where Apple Store customers take away their new hardware shortly after purchasing. In some instances, it appears that the criminals involved are exiting near Apple’s outlets, then leaving customers with store bags.

One incident at a time, caught on security cameras, shows that a thief was carrying a shopping bag containing a MacBook, valued at $ 2,400, casually reaching out the door and then carrying the bag. Officials told CBS New York It is believed that the criminal hunted for a nail salon from the Apple Store, so that he could later distract the Apple customer and create an opportunity.

Police surveillance is believed to have led to several suspects working together to drive out shops and steal goods. In the video of another incident, a pair of suspects are seen jogging, then carrying stolen goods on a street.

Some suspects believed to be behind the theft spree via NYPD Crime Stoppers / CBS

An Apple spokesperson advised that the company was aware of the robberies, and encouraged customers to leave the stores as a precaution. This can include being aware of their surroundings, maintaining alertness in transit, and even changing the value of their purchases using different bags.

Safety expert Manny Gomez said in the report, “Your luxury item or what you’re buying doesn’t have to be in the bag.

Police continues to monitor outside the shops for the culprits.

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