Dec 24, 2013 02:33 PM EST
The Berlin Job: German Gang Ran Hatchback Through Apple Store Window And Robbed Display Devices
The team behind the "Italian Job" (not counting Edward Norton) and the subsequent "LA Job," would have been ashamed by the rather brutish theft of Apple devices from a store in Berlin. They didn't even use the right car. Perpetrators ran their Opel Corsa supermini through the store's glass windows and made off with as many display items as they had time to grab, Mac Rumors reported.
They even left the hatchback-like car at the scene of the crime, a smart move considering it was stolen, and fled in two Audis, according to Mac Rumors. Given the success of their crime and a similar theft that occurred in Temecula, CA in September of last year, Apple may want to rethink its store/security design. The Temecula burglary was even less tactful; thieves drove their car through the glass windows and past the security grate. Perhaps Apple Stores are simply too isolated?
Apple's only retail store in Berlin and twelfth in Germany, the Kurfürstendamm store, however, is located in one of Berlin's major shopping districts so presumably someone heard the crash. Perhaps the crime was more elegant than its methods would assume.
Officials wouldn't divulge the total bounty taken, but they did offer a likely connection between the theft and seven other similar type crimes in the area, including a $100,000 score from Berlin's largest mall, Apple Insider reported. The group responsible is also probably gang-related, according to German Police.
"These are not amateurs," Berlin police department spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told Bloomberg. "We suspect that we're dealing with a gang."
The store has already been re-opened for business, according to Apple Insider. Apple has not yet commented on the incident.
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