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Old Oct 10, 2011, 11:54 AM   #1
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Apple's Covent Garden Retail Store Raided in Organized Motorbike Robbery







Police at Covent Garden store following the robbery (Source: Rob Shoesmith)

The Indepdent reports that Apple's Covent Garden store in London was the target of an organized smash-and-grab robbery conducted by a group of moped and motorcycle riders last night, and it appears that at least seven vehicles and as many as fourteen individuals were involved.
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Police were called at around 1am after one of the store's windows was smashed and a haul of Apple devices, including valuable iPads, was stolen.

It is believed around seven masked raiders riding mopeds and motorcycles were involved in the incident.

All suspects were wearing full face crash helmets and most, if not all of the motorbikes were carrying a pillion passenger, the Met said.
Two individuals, a 16-year-old and a 21-year-old, were later apprehended carrying bags of property believed to have been stolen from the store.




Boarded-up window at Covent Garden retail store (Source: The Next Web)
The Metropolitan Police Service has requested that anyone with information on the robbery please contact law enforcement.

Article Link: Apple's Covent Garden Retail Store Raided in Organized Motorbike Robbery
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 11:58 AM   #3
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Too impatient to wait for Oct 12th?
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:02 PM   #4
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Damn

aren't they gonna look dumb when they look on 'find my iphone'
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:02 PM   #5
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:02 PM   #6
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In other news, Apple's iOS products include a "Where's My iPod/Pad/Phone?" service with instant live updates of the device's whereabouts, and the ability to remotely "brick" those devices.
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:03 PM   #7
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Same story on 9to5mac (but earlier) http://9to5mac.com/2011/10/10/motorb...e-steal-ipads/
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:04 PM   #8
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Apple should publicize more of it Find My iDevice.
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Guess you could say
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they wanted some hot products.

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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:08 PM   #10
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Appearantly the thiefs don't realize that London is blanked in CCTV.
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:10 PM   #11
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Took you long enough to post this...posted it on the forum hours ago, and sent it in: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1244996
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:10 PM   #12
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What I'd like to know is where was this fella who was supposed to be camped outside that store for the iP4S launch.
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:11 PM   #13
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In other news, Apple's iOS products include a "Where's My iPod/Pad/Phone?" service with instant live updates of the device's whereabouts, and the ability to remotely "brick" those devices.
It doesn't brick the device, it wipes it to be like a fresh one out of the box.

A fresh one that does not have Find my iDevice enabled anymore since that info was wiped.

Unless I just don't have the new "Brick my iPhone" app?!?

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Seems it's time for Apple to invent "Transparent Aluminum" (From Star Trek) so their stores can't be broken into as easily.
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What I'd like to know is where was this fella who was supposed to be camped outside that store for the iP4S launch.
He must have been moved on by the boys in blue (probably under the Prevention of Terrorism Act ). I was in the CG store yesterday and didn't see him

Hope the thieves didn't destroy the sizeable memorial to SJ outside the store!!!
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Seems it's time for Apple to invent "Transparent Aluminum" (From Star Trek) so their stores can't be broken into as easily.
Wasn't that invented (with a voice activated) Apple product!

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We already found out some while ago that london is full of looters.
Common Steve tell the man in charge up there to do something about it!
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:42 PM   #18
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A couple of the idiots were caught, too. Dregs of society.
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Seems it's time for Apple to invent "Transparent Aluminum" (From Star Trek) so their stores can't be broken into as easily.
Or use some of that old glass removed from the 5th avenue store remodel.
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Appearantly the thiefs don't realize that London is blanked in CCTV.
They were wearing motorbike helmets, apparently, so CCTV not so helpful.

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What I'd like to know is where was this fella who was supposed to be camped outside that store for the iP4S launch.
He is still there, but apparently slept through the actual robbery - woke up to the sound of alarms going off and motorbikes speeding away.

The first photo in this article was taken by him. See http://robshoesmith.blogspot.com/
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:50 PM   #21
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They should use that plexiglass that banks use.
Impossible to penetrate.
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These guys were obviously still in jail during the July riots, and felt a bit left out.
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They should use that plexiglass that banks use.
Impossible to penetrate.
That is not plexiglass, its armored glass and it will stop bullets.
Plexiglass will easily scratch so a no go for Apple when you can't look inside anymore after a couple of years.
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My first thought, 'You think they'd have a more elegant solution in place for boarding up the window.'
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Isn't that bloke still camping outside for the new iPhone launch ? he should have stopped them
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