Crime Bulletin: Black Friday Apple Store theft video goes viral

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In the latest Apple Crime Blotter, Frankie Grande has his iPhone stolen, he pleaded guilty to theft in Minneapolis, and the orchestra conductor has an iPad and an annotated score. stolen.

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Apple Store theft caught on viral video

On Black Friday, two men stole items from a busy Palo Alto Apple Store in a video that went viral.

According to The San Francisco Standard, on November 25, two thieves took about $35,000 worth of goods from a store and also threatened passersby with violence. The two fled in a red Mazda 3 hatchback.

The robbery was captured in a video that went viral on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok:

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The responses to the Twitter video were a lively discussion between those who saw theft as a sign of cultural decline and those , who praised Apple Store employees for enforcing store policies while striving to protect customers from potential harm.

More than $50,000 stolen from Apple Store in Utah

The California heist was part of a recent wave of Apple Store robberies, including one in which $95,000 was stolen from a man in New York . for the amount of iPhones he bought at the Apple store on Fifth Avenue at the end of November.

Another such theft occurred at an Apple Store in Farmington, Utah, earlier in November. ABC 4 reports that four men stole over $50,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple Store in Farmington.

According to the police, the thieves took the iPhone and Mac, having committed the crime in just 38 seconds.

Frankie Grande's iPhone and AirPods were stolen

Frankie Grande, dancer, actor and brother of singer Ariana Grande, had her iPhone 14 Pro and AirPods stolen in New York in mid-November. According to NBC News, two alleged attackers, aged 13 and 17, have been detained. The iPhone has been restored.

One of the attackers accused was carrying a “fake gun,” the report said. They were charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of grand theft, misuse of a credit card, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, threats and stalking, NBC reported.

Minneapolis iPhone theft gang plea

One accused participant in the iPhone theft, who was indicted over the summer, has filed the first guilty plea in the case. Fox 9 reports that one defendant agreed to plead guilty, agreeing to a 57-month prison sentence in exchange for not facing further charges.

A Chinese citizen known as “The iPhone Man”, allegedly one of the leaders of the conspiracy, was scheduled to stand trial on December 2.

Orchestra conductor's valuable musical scores and lost iPad in car theft

The conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra recently lost some valuable items when his car was stolen, including three prize annotated music scores, as well as an iPad that he used as a watch during performances. The scores were stolen before an important performance by the orchestra.

According to The Boston Globe, conductor Benjamin Zander lost his belongings when his BMW was stolen. The car was actually stolen twice as the thief stole the key and presumably took it again, although it was eventually returned minus the iPad and musical score.

Man sentenced to nine years for using Grindr to achieve robbery goals

A California resident was sentenced in late November to 111 months in federal prison in connection with five incidents of dating men on the app for dating Grindr and robbing them. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, it was common for the man to arrange sexual encounters on the app and find a way to use the victims' phones to transfer money to himself.

In one case, according to prosecutors, a man accessed the victim's Apple Pay account to open a line of credit, which he later used to buy AirPods. According to the verdict, the man received a reinforcement for a hate crime.

Township Trustee Accused of Using Taxpayer Funds to Purchase Personal Apple Devices

Former Fairfield, Indiana Township Trustee is accused of using Apple Watches and iPads that were paid for with public funds. The Lafayette Journal & Courier writes that while the woman's phone could be a legitimate taxpayer expense, the other two devices were not.

The former trustee, who still uses the devices, was indicted in November on 42 charges, including, according to the news outlet, theft, tax fraud, fraud, perjury, official misconduct and corruption. business impact. .

Target employee accused of stealing three Apple Watches from store

A 20-year-old woman working at Target in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area was arrested and charged with stealing $1,800 in electronics, including including three Apple Watch and iPad, from the store.

According to Lancaster Online, a woman was charged with one count of theft after she was placed under surveillance at the store. She was also accused of taking an iPhone case from Kate Spade.

Gang in India accused of selling counterfeit iPhones

Indian police have arrested several people who they say were selling counterfeit Chinese-made iPhones in the National Capital Region of India. The Hindustan Times reports that the gang sold about 60 counterfeit iPhones.

The alleged scams included buying counterfeit phones, buying real iPhone boxes, and spoofing International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers.

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