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Thieves caught in wake of Scottsdale Apple Store robbery

updated 11:25 am EST, Wed January 4, 2012

Taxi driver takes fire after pursuit

Three people have been arrested following a robbery of the Scottsdale Quarter Apple Store in Arizona, reports say. In the early hours of January 2nd, the thieves smashed through the glass front door of the building, and proceeded to take about $75,000 in iPads, iPods, and MacBook Airs. A passing driver noticed the incident, though, and started following the thieves as they drove down Scottsdale Road around 2AM.

In retaliation the thieves started firing on the taxi from their car, although the taxi driver went unscathed. Scottsdale Police used the driver's testimony as well as security camera footage to track down the thieves' car, and eventually the suspects themselves. Three people were arrested, including James Combs, Daniella Sierra, and an unidentified 17-year-old. Charges include a mix of burglary and weapons infractions.

Within the past couple of years Apple Stores have become a regular target for robbers. The buildings can be especially vulnerable, owing to a mix of glass facades, simple interior layouts, and extremely lucrative goods. Apple has taken limited precautions in some cases, such as installing bollards or roll-down security gates.



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  1. ElectroTech

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    Better protection

    I am surprised that Apple doesn't install glycol fog systems that fill the entire store with very dense fog in a few seconds to make it much harder to find the goods and get out again.

  1. climacs

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    +9

    notice that

    nobody tries to steal from a Microsoft store.

  1. WalterC

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    Reward

    One hopes that the taxi driver/witness being shot-at will be showered with thanks from Apple.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Better protection

    I am surprised that Apple doesn't install glycol fog systems that fill the entire store with very dense fog in a few seconds to make it much harder to find the goods and get out again.

    Um, probably because of cost. Plus it would ruin the look inside the store.

    Oh, and Apple stores are laid out in such a 'minimalistic' style that you don't even need to see to get to where you need to go. It's not like you're going to run into a bunch of displays in the middle of an aisle or anything.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Reward

    One hopes that the taxi driver/witness being shot-at will be showered with thanks from Apple.

    Reward for stupidity? "Hey, let me call the cops, but then follow the theives, because, I don't know, it seems like the thing to do, risk my life over some lousy electronics that aren't even mine. But, hey, these guys ripped off an Apple store, and I'm a fanboy and I take that personally!"

  1. JEB

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    --the goods--

    75K ... that means they could have grabbed about, say 25 or so, of the new 15" or 17" PowerBook G5's that are just about set to be released ...

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