$16,000 Worth of iPhones Stolen from Charlotte Apple Store in Apparent Inside Job

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.

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  2. macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2011
    Surprised it took someone this long to pull this off!
  3. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 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.
  4. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  5. macrumors newbie


    Jan 17, 2012
    at home
    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.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 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.

    I don't think this says anything about Charlotte; just the lengths to which thieves will go.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    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
    Shop workers
    Men/Women (Delete as applicable)
    Whites/Blacks/Asians/Indians/etc (Delete as applicable)

    Kinda hard to generalise fron one person's actions.

  8. macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2011
    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.

    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.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    What's astonishing is that someone actually used "astonishing and disappointing" in reference to a daily occurrence in every state and city on earth!!
  10. macrumors 65816

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 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.
  12. macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2012
    Is the store in the picture in Metrotown or does every apple store look the same :O
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    Those cutouts of the people look creepy in that empty store.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    I wouldn't think this says anything about the place. Honestly, this could have happened anywhere.
  15. macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2009
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    Mmmmm stealing from Apple is like stealing from the mob. He could have balls but i guess hes just stupid.
  16. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    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.
  17. macrumors member

    Oct 18, 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.
  18. macrumors 6502

    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!;)
  19. macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2012
    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


    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


    Must have farted in the room. Girls don't fart
  20. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Yep, and the phones will be rendered useless...Strange for an Apple employee, he or she must have had a grudge.
  21. macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2012
    grudges are so dangerous. If I owned a company I would treat my staff like angels just to keep the company in good shape
  22. macrumors regular


    Dec 13, 2011
    The Hague, The Netherlands
    I used to be astonished and disappointed, but then I took an arrow to the knee.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Aug 29, 2011
    Why would you steal already activated, mostly 16GB iPhones?!?!?!?

    They literally have box loads of unactivated iPhones of all capacities...
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
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    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.
  25. macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 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! :D), 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..?

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