Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > iOS Blog Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Feb 22, 2012, 12:24 AM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
$16,000 Worth of iPhones Stolen from Charlotte Apple Store in Apparent Inside Job




The Charlotte Observer reports that a total of 25 iPhones valued at over $16,000 have been reported stolen from Apple's Northlake Mall retail store in Charlotte, North Carolina. While smash-and-grab robberies are not terribly unusual at Apple retail stores, this case has an unusual twist in that the suspect appears to have been an employee of the store.
Quote:
"The iPhones were stolen from the Genius Room located inside of the store," a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report says. "The suspect did have access to the Genius Room."

The stolen phones, which are valued at $16,425, include 22 16-gigabyte iPhone 4S models, one 64-GB 4S model, one eight-GB iPhone 4 model and one 32-GB 4S model.
Charlotte's WBTV confirms that the suspect was a store employee and that the 25 phones were stolen over a period of time between December 1 and January 11. Police are reportedly searching for the suspect.




Apple's Northlake Mall retail store is one of two in the Charlotte area, having just opened last August.

Article Link: $16,000 Worth of iPhones Stolen from Charlotte Apple Store in Apparent Inside Job
MacRumors is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 12:28 AM   #2
ArchaicRevival
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bucketheadland
Surprised it took someone this long to pull this off!
__________________
“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule-and both commonly succeed, and are right.”
--H.L. Mencken
ArchaicRevival is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 12:28 AM   #3
wordoflife
macrumors 604
 
wordoflife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
They're going to find the employee, and he's going to get in trouble - probably put behind bars.

Not sure why people do these stupid things.
wordoflife is offline   10 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 12:31 AM   #4
dukebound85
macrumors P6
 
dukebound85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: 5045 feet above sea level
find my iphone(s)?
dukebound85 is offline   25 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 12:43 AM   #5
PatrickFromCA
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: at home
Send a message via ICQ to PatrickFromCA Send a message via Yahoo to PatrickFromCA Send a message via Skype™ to PatrickFromCA
It Doesn't Say Much for Charlotte, Does it?

I'm sorry, Charlotte has really built itself up in the last several years, but this is astonishing, and disappointing.
PatrickFromCA is offline   -33 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 12:43 AM   #6
hobo.hopkins
macrumors 6502a
 
hobo.hopkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
It's really unfortunate that someone would take advantage of their position in that way, although I'm confident that it won't take long to find and arrest him/her.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PatrickFromCA View Post
It Doesn't Say Much for Charlotte, Does it?

I'm sorry, Charlotte has really built itself up in the last several years, but this is astonishing, and disappointing.
I don't think this says anything about Charlotte; just the lengths to which thieves will go.
__________________
Think morality requires religion? Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer. I'm waiting...
hobo.hopkins is offline   13 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 12:55 AM   #7
SvenSvenson
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatrickFromCA View Post
It Doesn't Say Much for Charlotte, Does it?
I'm sorry, Charlotte has really built itself up in the last several years, but this is astonishing, and disappointing.
Let's go with that logic, shall we?

It doesn't say much for:

Apple Employees
People who want to own iPhones
Residents of Charlotte
Residents of North Carolina
Americans
Shop workers
Men/Women (Delete as applicable)
Whites/Blacks/Asians/Indians/etc (Delete as applicable)
People

Kinda hard to generalise fron one person's actions.

Steve
SvenSvenson is offline   24 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 12:58 AM   #8
timbo400
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by wordoflife View Post
They're going to find the employee, and he's going to get in trouble - probably put behind bars.

Not sure why people do these stupid things.
Durrrr, for money?

Why else do you think people drug deal, prostitute, steal organs and the list of illegal things carry on.

Whether they're going to find him/her is if they're still in the country and if there's enough evidence to convict the suspect.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PatrickFromCA View Post
I'm sorry, Charlotte has really built itself up in the last several years, but this is astonishing, and disappointing.
I'm sorry but internet posters have really built themselves up over the last several years, but this is astonishing and disappointing to read such a generalisation. /s

PS. No matter where you're or where you're at from you can still commit crime. It's the individual's mindset for greed.
timbo400 is offline   10 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 01:09 AM   #9
rocknblogger
macrumors 68000
 
rocknblogger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: New Jersey
Send a message via Skype™ to rocknblogger
What's astonishing is that someone actually used "astonishing and disappointing" in reference to a daily occurrence in every state and city on earth!!
__________________
Don't be stupid.
rocknblogger is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 01:24 AM   #10
Mr Kram
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
25 phones over 6 weeks? LOL
__________________
21.5" iMac • 23" ACD • 11" Air • iPad 4 64GB • iPad Mini 32GB •4G 64GB iPod Touch • 5G 32GB iPod Touch • 4G 8GB iPod Nano • 3G 8GB Nano • Apple TV2 • 160 GB Apple TV • iPhone 5 32GB
Mr Kram is offline   -5 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 01:49 AM   #11
jayhawk11
macrumors 6502a
 
jayhawk11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Must have been stealing service part units, because the retail box versions are kept in a locked cage. Surprising he was able to pull this off, because the GR is typically pretty busy during business hours. Pretty rare to be in there by yourself.
__________________
15" Retina MacBook Pro, 2.3 GHz Quad Core i7; 32 GB iPhone 5s; 32GB iPad Mini with Retina Display
Rock Chalk Jayhawk, Go KU.
jayhawk11 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 02:00 AM   #12
Ishmumrhmn
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Is the store in the picture in Metrotown or does every apple store look the same :O
Ishmumrhmn is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 02:29 AM   #13
ProVideo
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Those cutouts of the people look creepy in that empty store.
ProVideo is offline   9 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 02:43 AM   #14
Saladinos
macrumors 68000
 
Saladinos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
I wouldn't think this says anything about the place. Honestly, this could have happened anywhere.
Saladinos is offline   9 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 03:04 AM   #15
nickelt
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

Mmmmm stealing from Apple is like stealing from the mob. He could have balls but i guess hes just stupid.
nickelt is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 03:18 AM   #16
rmwebs
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by wordoflife View Post
They're going to find the employee, and he's going to get in trouble - probably put behind bars.

Not sure why people do these stupid things.
How do we know its a He and not a She, exactly?

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ishmumrhmn View Post
Is the store in the picture in Metrotown or does every apple store look the same :O
They mostly all look the same except the large popular ones such as New York and London.

Our second London shop in Brent Cross looks identical to the one pictured.
rmwebs is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:15 AM   #17
MCP-511
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Every unit has a unique UDID. I would think Apple knows what batch went where and a few minutes looking threw their records would yield the UDIDs of the stolen devices. My guess is, soon as one is activated or it hits an Apple server for anything, Apple will be able to locate it and eventually it will be traced back to the perpetrator of the crime.
MCP-511 is offline   5 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:31 AM   #18
CplBadboy
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
Apple need to get rid of those cardboard people from the shop windows. They're freaky. Everytime I pass an Apple store I get a bit of a fright and literally on the verge of chinning one through the glass!
CplBadboy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:40 AM   #19
KingJosh
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Australia
I hope they sell them at a reasonable price. Is it safe to buy stolen iPhone? Can it be tracked via serial number or something? I wouldn't mind getting a stolen 4S if I can find one that is brand new(not off an innocent person). If they were cheaper I would buy lol

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by CplBadboy View Post
Apple need to get rid of those cardboard people from the shop windows. They're freaky. Everytime I pass an Apple store I get a bit of a fright and literally on the verge of chinning one through the glass!
I saw an old woman fall over backwards from a clothing shop mannequin. I couldn't hold back the laughter but I helped her up

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by rmwebs View Post
How do we know its a He and not a She, exactly?

----------



They mostly all look the same except the large popular ones such as New York and London.

Our second London shop in Brent Cross looks identical to the one pictured.
Must have farted in the room. Girls don't fart
KingJosh is offline   -12 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:41 AM   #20
Macman45
macrumors G5
 
Macman45's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
Quote:
Originally Posted by wordoflife View Post
They're going to find the employee, and he's going to get in trouble - probably put behind bars.

Not sure why people do these stupid things.
Yep, and the phones will be rendered useless...Strange for an Apple employee, he or she must have had a grudge.
__________________
Thats Not All Folks
Macman45 is offline   -1 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:46 AM   #21
KingJosh
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Australia
Quote:
Originally Posted by Macman45 View Post
Yep, and the phones will be rendered useless...Strange for an Apple employee, he or she must have had a grudge.
grudges are so dangerous. If I owned a company I would treat my staff like angels just to keep the company in good shape
KingJosh is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 04:47 AM   #22
BobbyRond
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatrickFromCA View Post
I'm sorry, Charlotte has really built itself up in the last several years, but this is astonishing, and disappointing.
I used to be astonished and disappointed, but then I took an arrow to the knee.
__________________
MacBook 13" Unibody 2.0 GHz / 4 GB 1066 MHz / 1 TB 5400 RPM / OS X ML 10.8
iPhone 5 64 GB Black | iPod Classic 30 GB White
AirPort Express | Apple TV
BobbyRond is offline   -2 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 06:16 AM   #23
marcusj0015
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: U.S.A.
Why would you steal already activated, mostly 16GB iPhones?!?!?!?

They literally have box loads of unactivated iPhones of all capacities...
marcusj0015 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 06:37 AM   #24
Bearxor
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

This is where you have to know your limits as a thief. 2 or 3 would have been easy to explain away as miscounted or just lost in the store somewhere. 25 is going to raise a a red flag.
Bearxor is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 22, 2012, 06:47 AM   #25
RobMoss
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
This raises a question for me. As with the looting in London last year, if someone steals an iphone, ipad, etc, surely the serial number would identify it as a stolen unit, and you wouldn't be able to activate it. So (and this is my reason for asking), if you were to inadvertently buy a stolen item off eBay, where do you stand..? I'd like to buy my wife a 2nd hand iPad (to stop her hogging mine! ), but am really worried that I'd end up having it confiscated when I tried to restore it. And yes, I know that in all probability, most iPads on eBay aren't stolen, but it would be just my luck..

Does anyone have any experience of such a situation..? What did Apple do..?
RobMoss is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > iOS Blog Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stolen: $19,000 Worth Of Girl Scout Cookies SilentPanda Current Events 29 Jan 15, 2014 12:33 PM
With iOS 7, apple is REALLY cracking down on stolen iPhones aren't they? tymaster50 iOS 7 11 Aug 9, 2013 11:55 AM
9/11 an inside job! rovex Politics, Religion, Social Issues 29 Jun 27, 2013 07:26 PM
Apple Working With NYPD to Track Stolen iPhones MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 89 Feb 26, 2013 03:49 PM
Charlotte In Store Purchase itoddm iPhone 0 Sep 13, 2012 11:46 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:21 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC