Over $1 million in goods stolen from Paris Apple Store in New Year’s Eve raid

By , Jan 2, 2013

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While much of the world spent yesterday recovering from dehydration and hangovers, Apple was dealing with a different kind of headache. You know, the type of headache you get when someone steals over a million dollars in merchandise from you.

That’s right, in what sounds like a rejected Ocean’s 11 plot, the Apple Store in Paris’s Opera district was robbed at gunpoint on New Year’s Eve. And the masked thieves are believed to have made off with more than a million dollars in stolen products…

The Telegraph reports:

“Reports claimed the thieves, armed with handguns, made off with as much as one million euros (£780,000) worth of products, although police would not confirm the total, noting that the store’s director was still processing the lost inventory.

Masked men forced their way into a back entrance around 9pm, three hours after the store closed, as a janitor was leaving. The janitor was “lightly injured” in the process.”

Apple Stores are often targeted for “smash and grab” jobs, where thieves break-in through the signature glass walls and take device displays, and other floor items. This time, however, the criminals went for the stock room, making for a much bigger score.

Four or five men are believed to be have been involved in the robbery. Accomplices waited in a nearby, parked truck, in which the goods were loaded, and a successful getaway was made around 9:40pm — meaning the entire job took around 40 minutes.

“They prepared their coup pretty well,” said Christophe Crépin, a representative of the French police union Unsa, noting that it was relatively easy to escape, because large boulevards near the store situated just behind the Palais Garnier opera house, led to several different parts of the city. In addition, “since the essential bulk of police forces were mobilised to patrol the Champs-Elysées, the thieves clearly profited from the opportunity to make their move,” Mr Crépin added.”

Paris police have since denied claims that there was a shortage in security in the Opera district the night of the robbery. A police source told The Telegraph that New Year’s Eve celebrations didn’t “intervene at all with the regular security on duty.”

While the thieves are still at large, A video of the robbery is expected to provide helpful clues. For the moment, though, this is the largest burglary of Apple products we’ve seen since $1.5 million in iPad minis were stolen from JFK airport back in November.

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  • http://twitter.com/AmpxMC Amp

    Some people.

  • http://twitter.com/decio_crytek Décio Costa Arruda

    And here am I gathering money for a new iMac, the world is such an unfair place..

    • nima

      Man your RIGHT!!!! Me too

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    No big deal, they still have $999 M from Samsung to cover the losses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MarcusDanielHouser Marcus Daniel Houser

    But dont they have the IME numbers to turn off the iphones and ipads? to make them useless

    • nima

      No, when idevices are turned on for the first time they get the next IME number

      • http://www.facebook.com/Naysweb.co.uk Nathan James Emery

        So why does my iPhone have it on the sim holder???! If its random

      • nima

        Ya, only iPhonezz have IME, but in the above article it says stolen Mac, and Mac doesn’t have IME.

  • http://twitter.com/Alatoerka Alatoerka

    Maybe it is Peter Pan! He is gonna steal all apple product from the store and give it for free to people who cannot afford it :P (dreammode)

    • http://twitter.com/Agil1ty Olaf Y. Wouters

      You mean Robin Hood…Get your facts straight

      • http://twitter.com/Alatoerka Alatoerka

        LOL They look the same. :D

  • http://twitter.com/MHCsk MHCsk

    Yea, I hate that kind of headache.