It’s Easier to Steal an iPad From Walmart Than You Think

By , Aug 11, 2011

When you have a highly desirable product that’s worth hundreds of dollars, it’s an unfortunate inevitability that it will become the target for thieves. According to Crime Stoppers, this is just what’s happening to Apple’s iPad across the United States, with one Walmart store being the latest to feel the force of the unscrupulous public.

An article on DailyWorld tells of a theft at the Eunice Walmart, where two iPads were taken using the simplest of methods, and the Police are appealing for help in catching the perpetrators…

The con goes down like this: A male tells a clerk he wishes to buy two iPads, which are then removed from their locked enclosures. The man then asks if they can be saved while he goes to do the rest of his shopping, and the tablets are placed under the desk.

The seconds part of the ruse comes when a female takes the unfortunate iPads from their hiding place and later passes them off to a third member of the crew, another female.

It’s so simple it’s quite scary, and you do have to wonder why on Earth it’s even possible.

If you do happen to have any information on the bad guys, Crime Stoppers wants to know.

“If you have any information about this these crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 948-8477,” said Darbonne, who added that all calls are kept confidential and the caller doesn’t even need to give their name.”

Go get ‘em!

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  • http://facebook.com/askeric Eric

    I just tried this great “secret” method with two Azalias in Walmart’s Garden Section – I was amazed at how easy it was to pull off!

    – Eric

  • ic0edx

    Me too I got 3 iPads. Haha how stupid of them lol.

    -It’s a joke don’t be a stupid American and report me.-

    • Peter

      I lol’ed

  • kokhean

    I’m going to try th… wait, I’m not even from America -_-

  • Wonton

    I thought these boxes are covered with a magnetic strip that sets off the sensors when you leave the door

    • rdqronos

      Not difficult to rip those off the box

  • Annon Ymous

    I work at a WalMart and a few weeks ago we had a group of 3-4 people come during third shift and distracted the sales associates while the other person pried the display case open and stole $4000 worth of tablets (no iPads though).

    Pissed all of us off.

    • Telejeesus

      Is it Wallmart(or some other places) that take life insurances to their employees? And they are the beneficiary.
      I have just seen some “ugly” document where big companies get money when ppl die. :-(

  • The Wizard’s Baker

    Hah

  • dabe

    Lol you guys are so funny, of course stuff like this happens. My friend used to go to retailers say “hi I’d like to buy this laptop” when they get to the counter he snatched it and ran out to the parking lot and a waiting car a short sprint away. Easy-Peasy-Japanesee, worked for a while but eventually they have footage on him and fingerprints. Then he’s pulled over asked for I.D. and BAMM hommies f**ked, sent to the big house for 2-3 years. Those years never come back and the few bucks he made selling them was long spent by the time he was busted. lifes hard sometimes, but I’d rather be poor and free, then locked up over petty bs*

  • Rob

    I wonder why the ppl that work at this places care. They’re stealing from walkmart not from you, do you think that the Ppl who own Walmart are crying about it? I don’t think so
    If I wasn’t so scared of getting cought I’d do it too

  • Steve

    Forgive my ignorance OIiver, but what desk are the iPads placed under when they’re taken out from lock and key?

    I was assuming they were left underneath the service counter where there’s always a staff member. If that’s the case, then how are they vanishing?

    Are you saying they’re getting put under their locked counterparts in like a sliding drawer or something that anyone with half a brain can get to?

    If this is the case, it’s a stupid and lazy practice by staff. If the customer says they’re doing more shopping, then either leave the item(s) with a cashier or tell the customer “tough luck, come back when you’re ready to pay”.

    • Rick

      I assume they took them and did put them under the counter where the cashier is in the technology section. So, say they aren’t busy and you can ask them for assistance with something, that’s just my theory, that way they’d be away from the counter.

  • Ron

    yea the clerk was in on it. They forgot to mention in the report that the clerk turns their head while a lady grabs the iPads.

  • dabe

    Lol this isn’t oceans 11 guys. Of course it could easily happen, when you want to buy one they have to get it out of the locked case. Even if they never say “I’m shopping I’ll be right back” they just walk up to the register with the clerk as if they are buying it, then as soon as they set it on the counter to work the register, they snatch the iPad and run out the door. It happens all the time why does it seem so far fetched to you guys? Oh wait probably because you have never even stolen a candy bar and can’t imagine someone having the balls and recklessness to pull something like this off.

  • ur mother

    lol back in the day my buddy did somthing like that but he used a key lol, it was just layin around next to the computer lol. there were no camera or anything back then, he took 10 ps2 games and also a controlller. a week later there was a shit loads of cameras.

  • http://cydiaiphoneblog.com/ Andreas Zakariasson

    I Wish we had Walmart in Sweden :(

  • Jack

    These things happen all the time. I work in retail. The funny thing is it’s the employee’s fault. They should know better than to not put in back in the case , it’s first come first serve. These Things can be prevented. But no one is really going to care too much cause it didn’t happen to them. General rule: if they want it bad enough they will do what it takes to steal it no matter the costs including the product

  • Jack

    These things happen all the time. I work in retail. The funny thing is it’s the employee’s fault. They should know better than to not put in back in the case , it’s first come first serve. These Things can be prevented. But no one is really going to care too much cause it didn’t happen to them. General rule: if they want it bad enough they will do what it takes to steal it no matter the costs including the product.

  • Taba

    Lol, this reminds me of the time when the colognes and perfumes were locked up. I asked the clerk why was it locked up? She said so ppl won’t steal them…I said, ohhh, that’s pretty smart to lock it up then. So I asked if she could open it cause I wanted to get one…she opened it and I said, Thank You
    And walked away with it. Duh! Of course I paid for it. But what was the purpose of locking it up, I still got my hands on it.

  • Hector Tonello

    Cause Walmart’s not unscrupulous at all…