Thieves Score $1.32 Million From Apple's Paris Store

Thieves Score $1.32 Million From Apple's Paris Store

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The Apple store robbers hit their target on New Year's, while the police had their minds on other things.

An estimated €1 million (about $1.32 million) in boxed merchandise was stolen from Apple's Paris store, behind the Palais Garnier, during the New Year's celebrations. The masked thieves, who seemed to be well aware of the situation on the ground, walked past the stock on the shelves and went straight for the boxed merchandise. One man, a janitor, was hurt during the raid, but his injuries are not thought to be serious; another employee, a security guard, escaped without injury.

The armed raiders, four or five men, hit the store just as the janitor was leaving for the night via an employee entrance, at 9 pm. The bandits used the employee entrance to get in. The raid took about forty minutes, after which the thieves took off in a van. The exact amount of the loss was not confirmed by the police, as the store is still trying to sort out what's missing from its inventory.

Police union representative Christophe Crépin said that the robbers had planned well. "The essential bulk of police forces were mobilized to patrol the Champs-Elysées," said Crépin, adding that "the thieves clearly profited from the opportunity to make their move."

Source: Business Insider

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$1.23? I bet even Apple Jack couldn't even eat all those apples!

janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

"Wolf" What's that in the air boys MONEEEHHHHH

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

He was trying to find the stolen items via the "Find my iPhone" app lol

By the way, once those items get their register number into the mac network it'll be easy to locate whomever bought them and create a link to whomever was behind it, right?

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

I can't say how it works in France, but in the US security guards are instructed to not engage armed thieves. Get away, call the police, let them deal with it.

Milanezi:

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

He was trying to find the stolen items via the "Find my iPhone" app lol

By the way, once those items get their register number into the mac network it'll be easy to locate whomever bought them and create a link to whomever was behind it, right?

I'm sure they are going to sell them on the street with substantial amounts of protection from Anonymity. It's more than likely those guys will never be found. It's not like the perpetrators are going to activating all the devices.

Baresark:

Milanezi:

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

He was trying to find the stolen items via the "Find my iPhone" app lol

By the way, once those items get their register number into the mac network it'll be easy to locate whomever bought them and create a link to whomever was behind it, right?

I'm sure they are going to sell them on the street with substantial amounts of protection from Anonymity. It's more than likely those guys will never be found. It's not like the perpetrators are going to activating all the devices.

this, plus who's to say they even sell them remotely near paris, good luck with that one apple.

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

Yh why didn't the security guard went all chuck norris on the 5 armed robbers ass?
Hmmm... the robbers might have been german....

gmaverick019:

this, plus who's to say they even sell them remotely near paris, good luck with that one apple.

Maybe it's all a scheme from Apple to boost its New Years day sales....

News just in Apple sold $1.32 million in merchandise in Paris!

I assume that number is retail value. Take Apples "at cost" value, you're looking at closer to 10k.

Aris Khandr:

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

I can't say how it works in France, but in the US security guards are instructed to not engage armed thieves. Get away, call the police, let them deal with it.

he totes should'v went all paul blart: mall cop on their asses.

OT sounds like one of them might have been an employee, what with them coming to them employee entrance at just the right time, and the whole $1mil in 40 minutes thing, either that or they did some very thorough planning which i suppose you should if your gonna steal a million dollars worth of ipods.

Aris Khandr:

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

I can't say how it works in France, but in the US security guards are instructed to not engage armed thieves. Get away, call the police, let them deal with it.

that's a bit of my point... if the robbery took 40 minutes, and the security guard got out without sustaining any injuries, shouldn't that 40 minutes be enough time for the police to arrive? Was there that much going on that they can't send someone out to a crime in progress?

Considering that it was in france, I have no idea how stuff like this would be handled over there.

Ralen-Sharr:

Aris Khandr:

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

I can't say how it works in France, but in the US security guards are instructed to not engage armed thieves. Get away, call the police, let them deal with it.

that's a bit of my point... if the robbery took 40 minutes, and the security guard got out without sustaining any injuries, shouldn't that 40 minutes be enough time for the police to arrive? Was there that much going on that they can't send someone out to a crime in progress?

Considering that it was in france, I have no idea how stuff like this would be handled over there.

It was New Year which automatically means 75% of the population were getting drunk.
They probably had a lot of violence on the streets or maybe the police service is crap? I remember watching a Panorama documentary not too long ago (the UK, not France) and they reported that the police can take up to 2 hours after a 999 call. Urgent or not.

They stole one mac book then?

Hahaha.... Mebe.

"Thieves"?

Really? They came well armed, stormed the place, hauled the goods into a vehicle and took off. With guns involved and at least one person injured, isn't 'robbery' a better fitting term to describe what happened?

Here's the thing: I don't like the Apple of 2013. I pretty much loathe and despise the whole shiny bunch of them. But I do hope that all the stolen devices can be remotely identified, tracked or shut down. Take that, greedy outlaws.

Waaghpowa:
I assume that number is retail value. Take Apples "at cost" value, you're looking at closer to 10k.

Undercut Apple's retail values by 10-15% with the stolen merchandise and it's still a pretty beastly paycheck for 40 minutes work..

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

I dont think Apple would pay a security guard enough to tumble with armed assailants. Course he could have called the police in that time. But, being New Years Eve, most if not all the police force was undoubtably disposed of (as mentioned in the article).

I have to complement the robbers, they planned that out good...

Nantucket:

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Ralen-Sharr:
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Don't know about you guys but it sounds to me like the Janitor got a slight knock down when they forced the door he was exiting then they held the two guys (Janitor and Security guard) at gun point.

It was hardly going to be a "You'll never get away with this!" moment. I'd have quietly sat there until they had finished. It's only 'stuff', hardly worth loosing your life over. It's not like they were stealing a new born child since the devices weren't activated to anyone's iCloud

Baresark:

Milanezi:

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

He was trying to find the stolen items via the "Find my iPhone" app lol

By the way, once those items get their register number into the mac network it'll be easy to locate whomever bought them and create a link to whomever was behind it, right?

I'm sure they are going to sell them on the street with substantial amounts of protection from Anonymity. It's more than likely those guys will never be found. It's not like the perpetrators are going to activating all the devices.

It would be stupid to ask them to do anything more.

iPhones mean shit compared to a humans life or health.

Ralen-Sharr:
janitor gets minor injuries, security guard escapes without injury

robbery took 40 minutes

did the security guard even try to do something about this?

I was thinking the same thing. I can only assume the guard was near the front of the store, and they got in the employees entrance by attacking the janitor as he opened the door. It's possible the guard didn't even know anything was happening until after the fact.

theultimateend:

Baresark:

Milanezi:

He was trying to find the stolen items via the "Find my iPhone" app lol

By the way, once those items get their register number into the mac network it'll be easy to locate whomever bought them and create a link to whomever was behind it, right?

I'm sure they are going to sell them on the street with substantial amounts of protection from Anonymity. It's more than likely those guys will never be found. It's not like the perpetrators are going to activating all the devices.

It would be stupid to ask them to do anything more.

iPhones mean shit compared to a humans life or health.

I think you quoted me by accident. It sounds like you are talking about the staff that were there or aware of the robbery. I agree, doing more than what they did would be so stupid, it's ridiculous. Life always preempts everything else.

Baresark:

theultimateend:

Baresark:

I'm sure they are going to sell them on the street with substantial amounts of protection from Anonymity. It's more than likely those guys will never be found. It's not like the perpetrators are going to activating all the devices.

It would be stupid to ask them to do anything more.

iPhones mean shit compared to a humans life or health.

I think you quoted me by accident. It sounds like you are talking about the staff that were there or aware of the robbery. I agree, doing more than what they did would be so stupid, it's ridiculous. Life always preempts everything else.

HAH! Indeed I did!

Man...you use a kettle bell for exercises ONCE and it totally throws off your ability to do anything.

That sounds like an innuendo, but I'm serious, I haven't exercised in years and finally decided to try again in earnest and I've gone full idiot physically and mentally the day after.

Recovery is not going well.

DVS BSTrD:
$1.23? I bet even Apple Jack couldn't even eat all those apples!

OT:I would like to know how they plan on selling all this shit without getting caught...

theultimateend:

Baresark:

theultimateend:

It would be stupid to ask them to do anything more.

iPhones mean shit compared to a humans life or health.

I think you quoted me by accident. It sounds like you are talking about the staff that were there or aware of the robbery. I agree, doing more than what they did would be so stupid, it's ridiculous. Life always preempts everything else.

HAH! Indeed I did!

Man...you use a kettle bell for exercises ONCE and it totally throws off your ability to do anything.

That sounds like an innuendo, but I'm serious, I haven't exercised in years and finally decided to try again in earnest and I've gone full idiot physically and mentally the day after.

Recovery is not going well.

I know the feeling. I started working out again and i swear for a solid week my IQ dropped by 25 points. No worries man, you'll be back into the swing of things in no time.

Karloff:
The armed raiders, four or five men

But, but... there are strict gun control laws in France, don't those armed robbers know that!? How could this possibly happen?

tangoprime:

Karloff:
The armed raiders, four or five men

But, but... there are strict gun control laws in France, don't those armed robbers know that!? How could this possibly happen?

Don't you DARE try to turn this into a debate about gun control and it's merits or nonexistent lack thereof! The security guard probably had a weapon... in a holster... and it would be either a pistol possibly semi-automatic or a taser.. there were 4 men in the raid, all armed. Would you try and take on one of them in that situation?

tangoprime:

Karloff:
The armed raiders, four or five men

But, but... there are strict gun control laws in France, don't those armed robbers know that!? How could this possibly happen?

And 28 people died, 22 of which were children... oh wait that was the incident in America totally the same thing. Maybe they were armed with spud guns????!!!!! Surely they are outlawed too!!!!!! Zomg

doggie015:

tangoprime:

Karloff:
The armed raiders, four or five men

But, but... there are strict gun control laws in France, don't those armed robbers know that!? How could this possibly happen?

Don't you DARE try to turn this into a debate about gun control and it's merits or nonexistent lack thereof! The security guard probably had a weapon... in a holster... and it would be either a pistol possibly semi-automatic or a taser.. there were 4 men in the raid, all armed. Would you try and take on one of them in that situation?

There went the point WAY over your head. I wasn't talking about the poor security guard defending himself, he did exactly the right thing in this case. I was referring to the fact that the 4-5 "armed raiders" were likely using weapons obtained or possessed illegally, i.e. making something illegal doesn't proclude it's use by criminals.

Dangit2019:

DVS BSTrD:
$1.23? I bet even Apple Jack couldn't even eat all those apples!

OT:I would like to know how they plan on selling all this shit without getting caught...

Well they could use store exchange policy to there advantage.... it might be the same in Europe as the US but you can take back any gift to say a walmart or target or any big retail chain and get a gift card with the value of the item then buy something and take that back later and get cash or put directly on the credit card. I mean if they sell the items they stole on the streets and did the return thing a couple of times they could have gift cards that they would be able to buy everything from that store for a while i mean if they split the merch and say each person brings back 5 macbook pros or iphone 5's to various stores around the area they could take those gift cards and buy stuff from said stores and have almost no trail at all. I mean i was in a walmart the other day and i gave them something that i bought from target and got a gift card then bought something for around the same amount of money and went straight from the registrar to the returns and got back the money on the gift card.

If they were smart they could use this system and just load gift cards and spend them on items they want with almost no trail and they could just rotate stores and people and get more than likely 50k out of this just from the stores which they could spend to eather A) Buy items they want or B) Use what i use and get the money back

They could actually afford to travel europe doing this as well they could possible get 200k out by the time that the holiday return dates end and have a bunch of stuff that would look like they had bought it legally with gift cards or they would just cash the stores out some money and sell the rest in other places like craigslist, ebay, or other online stores.

TL:DR Theives could abuse gift returning and websites to get them money and lots of items they want

BakedZnake:

tangoprime:

Karloff:
The armed raiders, four or five men

But, but... there are strict gun control laws in France, don't those armed robbers know that!? How could this possibly happen?

And 28 people died, 22 of which were children... oh wait that was the incident in America totally the same thing. Maybe they were armed with spud guns????!!!!! Surely they are outlawed too!!!!!! Zomg

30 people were killed on the night of 21 May 1938 in Tsuyama, Japan by a derenged 21 year old with a browning shotgun, sword, and axe in a country with a history of strict weapon control laws since the 17th century, so what's your point?

tangoprime:

BakedZnake:

tangoprime:

But, but... there are strict gun control laws in France, don't those armed robbers know that!? How could this possibly happen?

And 28 people died, 22 of which were children... oh wait that was the incident in America totally the same thing. Maybe they were armed with spud guns????!!!!! Surely they are outlawed too!!!!!! Zomg

30 people were killed on the night of 21 May 1938 in Tsuyama, Japan by a derenged 21 year old with a browning shotgun, sword, and axe in a country with a history of strict weapon control laws since the 17th century, so what's your point?

There is quite a big jump from 1938 to 2013. Compare that to about 6 months. That was the time difference between the two most recent mass killings in the USA. I fail to see why the second amendment has not been torn out yet...

First - wiiU gets stolen.
Now - Apple get robbed.

Wait a minute, could it be, that we got criminals, actually doing us ap ublic service?

tangoprime:

BakedZnake:

tangoprime:

But, but... there are strict gun control laws in France, don't those armed robbers know that!? How could this possibly happen?

And 28 people died, 22 of which were children... oh wait that was the incident in America totally the same thing. Maybe they were armed with spud guns????!!!!! Surely they are outlawed too!!!!!! Zomg

30 people were killed on the night of 21 May 1938 in Tsuyama, Japan by a derenged 21 year old with a browning shotgun, sword, and axe in a country with a history of strict weapon control laws since the 17th century, so what's your point?

lol you want to go further back into history to find an example?

tangoprime:

Karloff:
The armed raiders, four or five men

But, but... there are strict gun control laws in France, don't those armed robbers know that!? How could this possibly happen?

NO.

Do NOT take one tiny fact and use it to dismiss a national policy. It doesn't work like this. One event is useless to assess how a gun control policy work: you have to use nation-wide statistics for one or two years at least.

Using one lone event to discredit a policy as large as gun control is intellectually dishonest.

Xzithelost:
"Wolf" What's that in the air boys MONEEEHHHHH

Hopefully the nest payday dlc wil be raiding the Apple HQ :P

 

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