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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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Parisian Apple Store Robbed of 1 Million Euros in Merchandise on New Year's Eve




The Apple Store Opéra in Paris, France was robbed by four masked gunmen on New Year's Eve. The thieves made off with more than 1 million euros worth of iPhones and iPads.

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Christophe Crepin, an Unsa police union official, told Le Parisien newspaper that 'the four hooded and heavily armed criminals made their move very quickly. Most of the police forces were being mobilised to monitor the Champs Elysees, so the robbers have clearly benefitted from this opportunity to strike.'

Mr Crepin said the robbers mainly took 'a lot of goods' and very little money. Early estimates were that the haul was worth well over 1 million euros, or close to 1 million pounds.
With Apple gadgets fetching such a high price on the secondary market, thefts of individual devices in muggings are common. However, organized robberies on Apple Retail Stores are more uncommon.

The Covent Garden location in London was attacked by a group of armed motorcycle riders in 2011, while an Apple Store employee was shot at a Virginia Apple Store back in 2009. Smash and grabs are more common, with thieves using vehicles to crash through the barricades at outdoor stores to steal merchandise.

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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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Security probably had their Do-Not-Disturb on....
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:10 AM   #3
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I know what the mayor of Paris will soon be saying about their crime index.
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Time to hit ebay On a serious note, security staff probably had their "eyes closed" by "design".
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Sacrébleu!!!





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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:12 AM   #6
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Hope they enabled "find my iPhone"
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:12 AM   #7
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Wow, I was just in that store recently...
Apple needs to find a way to beef up their security in these stores. The more these stories are in the news the more smash and grabs are going to happen...
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:13 AM   #8
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Most of the police forces were being mobilised to monitor the Champs Elysees
Why? Were there riots on the Champs Elysees?
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Missing from the story is the part where Apple files a lawsuit against Samsung over the theft.
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Thanks for the credit after I emailing you the story lads!
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:14 AM   #11
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Great, Apple prices will go up eventually if this theft in millions keeps happening.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:16 AM   #12
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Why? Were there riots on the Champs Elysees?
NYE? Partying? Fireworks? Perhaps
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:16 AM   #13
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Same robbers as in Belgium

Only last week, Belgian's Mobistar was robbed of "thousands" of new iphones from their distribution warehouse. Average value was about € 600, so this represents a loss which is as least as big...

Same principle btw : armed robbery.

Link (dutch) : http://www.knack.be/nieuws/belgie/du...0225115077.htm
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Find my phone and find my Mac should be enabled on all store devices. That way making them easier to track and possibly less of a temptation to steal if the thieves knew about it

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MacRumors didn't credit me after I emailed the story about Steve Jobs dying.
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Thanks for the credit after I emailing you the story lads!
What exactly did you do that was so heroic we all need to know about it?
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Find my phone and find my Mac should be enabled on all store devices. That way making them easier to track and possibly less of a temptation to steal if the thieves knew about it

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We always enabled it on the devices in my store.
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Isn't this news 2 days old already?
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Thanks for the credit after I emailing you the story lads!
Where did you get in from, the BBC, or the countless other sites that have had this story up since early this morning/yesterday?
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If their products weren't so over priced then there wouldn't be such a false second hand product market. You don't see people smash and grab PC World for some Samsung laptops because their prices are reasonable so there isn't a stupid second hand market.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:24 AM   #22
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I would think that Apple has serial numbers on all stolen inventory.

If not, they're more stupid than I look.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:25 AM   #23
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Goods where taken from storage area

This morning, the store was closed but you could see thru the windows that the interior was completely intact, with the display tables and sample products are their place.

So they most probably grabbed crates of iPhones and iPads still in their boxes, allowing a much efficient robbery than the crash and grab we saw on videos.

For Apple, using the serial numbers when they connect to the internet and phone home, to either brick them or spot them would be a good solution.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:27 AM   #24
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Hahahaha this is hilarious unlucky apple.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:29 AM   #25
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If their products weren't so over priced then there wouldn't be such a false second hand product market. You don't see people smash and grab PC World for some Samsung laptops because their prices are reasonable so there isn't a stupid second hand market.
False?

I think it's a National thing. In fact, i'm almost certain. But shhhh, can't talk about it.
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