Armed Robbers Following Houston Apple Store Buyers Home

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  1. devilstrider, May 19, 2011
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    devilstrider macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2010
    Be careful when you buy your MAC from a Apple store. Video at the link.

    By David W. Martin (6:24 pm, May. 18, 2011)

    According to a report on local television station KHOU Channel 11 you just might get more than you bargained for after your next trip to a local Apple Store in Houston, Texas. According to authorities in Houston there have been at least six Apple customers in Houston who have been followed home and robbed at gunpoint.

    It is part of a growing trend in Houston and elsewhere. Armed robbers are looking to steal the Apple computers customers just brought from the local Apple Store.

    Houston Police Department Detective Tony Guzman spoke about one recent incident involving a mother and her two children. A man jumped out of a car and robbed her in her own driveway right in front of the children. According to Guzman, “He didn’t demand her purse. He specifically asked for the Apple Computer she had recently purchased. ”

    Eventually a suspect, Blewis Lawson, was apprehended and according to Guzman he confessed to that robbery. However, Lawson did not act alone because two other suspects, Kenneth Williams and Brandon Jackson, were also charged in the case after putting the stolen computer for sale on Craigslist, Guzman told KHOU 11. Eventually police found out that the trio would also rob the computer buyer they contacted and subsequently met with via Craigslist.

    The local crime spree didn’t stop there since the report detailed another incident where two women, Gabrielle Alvarado and Jacinda Boudreaux, had the three Apple computers they had just purchased at the local Apple Store stolen from their car. They had purchased the computers from the Apple Store in the Galleria for a new business they were working on together.

    Upon leaving the store they were followed by suspects that were communicating by cell phone. This wasn’t known to them and they were unaware that the suspects continued to follow them for some time. Eventually they were followed to a local restaurant where they parked their car. Upon leaving the restaurant they discovered that their car window had been smashed, the car seat had been pulled down, and the three computers were missing.

    Gabrielle warned Apple customers to be on alert. According to her, “If you are going to spend money at Apple, they need to watch their backs. “ I couldn’t agree more – watch your back people, keep alert, and watch your surroundings. If you think you are being followed head to the nearest police station.

    If you want to play it safe consider ordering your next Apple computer from Apple’s online store. It will arrive in a plain brown box robbers not included.
  2. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    ****, I visit that Apple store often. Good thing I still make my purchases online.
  3. devilstrider thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2010
    That's what I'm going to do for my next purchase. Times are getting harder and crooks are looking to come up off our hard earned investments.
  4. G4er? macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2009
    Temple, TX
    Need to target these thieves. Have decoys that are secretly carrying iBombs in Mac computer cases.
  5. mr.d macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2012
    Just setup Find my iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

    In that case its ok if they steal it since you can locate and lock the device!
  6. eric/ Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
    Glad I carry. They would have a nice surprise when faced with a trained marksmen.
  7. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    All my Apple stuff is purchased via a personal sales rep on the phone...No store, no wait, no gunmen...However, people should be able to buy Apple products in the store without fear of being robbed...

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