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Old Dec 23, 2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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Berlin Apple Retail Store Smashed by Car, Display Merchandise Stolen




An Apple Retail Store located in Kurfürstendamm, Berlin was the site of a smash-and-grab robbery earlier this morning, reports Bild.de [Google Translate]. At 4:15 AM, thieves reportedly crashed an Opel Corsa supermini automobile into the store and proceeded to steal display iPhones, iPads, and computers before fleeing in two Audis.

The report also notes that there have been seven such robberies in Berlin as of late, including a heist at the Alexa shopping mall located in Alexanderplatz, Berlin where theives made off with over 100,000 euros worth of goods.

With Apple gadgets fetching a high price on the secondary market, thefts of individual devices in muggings are common. However, organized robberies on Apple Retail Stores are usually uncommon.

The smash-and-grab robbery on the Kurfürstendamm Apple Store is also similar to the robbery that took place at Apple's Promenade Temecula retail store in Temecula, California last year, where robbers also used a car to obliterate the entire front glass and security grating of the store before making off with merchandise. It is likely that the Kurfürstendamm store will close for cleanup and repair for a short while before opening to the public again.

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Old Dec 23, 2013, 07:39 AM   #2
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Hope they get away with it. Sure is worth some, good luck guys.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 07:45 AM   #3
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I wonder if anyone would ever crash their car into, and steal a bunch of stuff from, a Microsoft Store...
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 07:52 AM   #4
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You don't see that happening on Samsung stores.

Apparently, Samsung products aren't wanted enough.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 07:57 AM   #5
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Hope they get away with it. Sure is worth some, good luck guys.
Yeah, good luck guys! Apple can easily locate every i-Gadget, when it goes online.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 07:59 AM   #6
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I wonder if anyone would ever crash their car into, and steal a bunch of stuff from, a Microsoft Store...
Aren't they usually inside a mall? I've never seen a free standing MSFT store. I could be wrong though.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 08:07 AM   #7
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No, it's not worth much. They took about 20 items, among them iPods and iPads. [1]
The damage at the car and at the door may well be higher than that.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 08:22 AM   #8
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If you're going to make all your buildings out of glass, you need cement pillars or this will always happen.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 08:23 AM   #9
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I am sure that opel corsa is not from any of the "thieves". They stole the car on the street for the job.

The two getaway car (audi) , are from transporter movie.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 08:34 AM   #10
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No! You don't do things like this to apple!!!

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Old Dec 23, 2013, 08:45 AM   #11
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An Opel Corsa is not a supermini automobile!
At least not in Europe. It's just a very regular small car.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 08:48 AM   #12
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Isn't it pointless to steel from an apple store since they can remotely brick any device cataloged there?
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 08:48 AM   #13
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If you're going to make all your buildings out of glass, you need cement pillars or this will always happen.
The building appears to be made out of concrete, although it does have those pesky openings where the customers go in and out.

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Old Dec 23, 2013, 08:50 AM   #14
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Is this how Samsung is getting back at Apple now?
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 08:54 AM   #15
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If you're going to make all your buildings out of glass, you need cement pillars or this will always happen.
It's always a business decision. Spend all your money finding all the ways to protect your building or buy insurance. Whichever is cheapest, companies use.

Like banks - Banks used to hire security guards to protect against bank robberies. But then robbers would bring in guns, injure and kill people, take $10,000. This also cost the banks money through lawsuits from customers and higher insurance premiums to pay for injured workers. So what do they do now? Simply install a security camera, and give anyone who walks in and hands the teller a note (no weapon need be shown) - $500.

It's cheaper this way, and there's a safer work environment. Employees know what to do. No crazy stuff happens anymore. It's easier for criminals, but eventually being on the security cameras enough, they'll be caught.

It's amazing, what seems so wrong at first, is the most logical route to go.
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OH! That's always on my 'things to do in an event of catastrophe" list.
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Yeah, good luck guys! Apple can easily locate every i-Gadget, when it goes online.
Which isn't actually helpful to Apple. The criminals steal the Apple products, then sell them to customers who don't know any better, then all Apple catches if they try tracking them down is the customer who bought it, not the criminal. The criminal, meanwhile, had a cash transaction and vanished afterwards. Bam. Done. Not catchable. There's other ways they could be caught, of course, but everything can be similarly avoided.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 09:14 AM   #18
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Been a while since I last heard about a smash & grab.

With iOS 7, couldn't Find my iPhone now render all of those iPhones/iPads useless?
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It's always a business decision. Spend all your money finding all the ways to protect your building or buy insurance. Whichever is cheapest, companies use.

Like banks - Banks used to hire security guards to protect against bank robberies. But then robbers would bring in guns, injure and kill people, take $10,000. This also cost the banks money through lawsuits from customers and higher insurance premiums to pay for injured workers. So what do they do now? Simply install a security camera, and give anyone who walks in and hands the teller a note (no weapon need be shown) - $500.

It's cheaper this way, and there's a safer work environment. Employees know what to do. No crazy stuff happens anymore. It's easier for criminals, but eventually being on the security cameras enough, they'll be caught.

It's amazing, what seems so wrong at first, is the most logical route to go.
Apple seems to have a particularly large issue with cars smashing through their glass. They should come up with a design that minimizes that risk... surely someone in the world has invented car-resistant glass?
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 09:20 AM   #20
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Hope they get away with it. Sure is worth some, good luck guys.
Er what? Are you a thieving scumbag too then?
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 09:31 AM   #21
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Hope they get away with it. Sure is worth some, good luck guys.
Why would you wish that? I'd really love to hear your arguments for that. They stole someone's car and smashed it up, which is a costly inconvenience just before Christmas. They caused huge damages, which will be paid from insurance that we all pay for. OK, going to jail is expensive, so what about if they get shot by the fence they are trying to sell the stuff to instead of getting paid.

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Which isn't actually helpful to Apple. The criminals steal the Apple products, then sell them to customers who don't know any better, then all Apple catches if they try tracking them down is the customer who bought it, not the criminal. The criminal, meanwhile, had a cash transaction and vanished afterwards. Bam. Done. Not catchable. There's other ways they could be caught, of course, but everything can be similarly avoided.
If Apple _could_ find these devices and take them away from people who unwittingly bought them, that would actually quite quickly kill the market for such devices.
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surely someone in the world has invented car-resistant glass?
Apple probably already has the patent... along with it's 10,000 other patents.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 09:51 AM   #23
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I don't care about the few ipads, iphones and old macs they got hold of. They will be locked down or tracked easily enough on reactivation. Also tbh Apple won't bother. All they got is some dirty, grimy display models that have been used hundreds of thousands of times.... Yay >.>

My first and only concern was that the building wasnt damaged by these idiots. Luckily it looks like they missed the surrounding brickwork of the door. The real treasure in Apple stores are
The beautiful stores themselves. A few display models won't be cared about.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 10:07 AM   #24
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I like how you Americans call the Corsa a 'super-mini'. It's not a big car but its definitely not supermini. It seats four people without problems. Hehe.
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Hope they get away with it. Sure is worth some, good luck guys.
One of the biggest grey markets for Apple products is Russia and other Federation states. Bet good money, this is the intended resale market.
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