Not a mastermind, but a petty thief stole 19 iPhones right under Apple s nose with nobody noticing the incident. No, he s not your ordinary clad in black suit, gloves and mask thief, instead he just disguised himself as a store employee. This incident took place in the SoHo Apple store in New York City last week where the thief wore the trademark blue shirt with the Apple logo imprinted on it, to blend with other employees. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPadsAlso Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
At about 5:30PM on June 1, he walked right into the repair room of the store and grabbed 19 iPhones from a drawer inside the room, dnainfo reports. He then exited the room and handed over the phones to his accomplice who hid them under his shirt. They left the store unnoticed. The iPhones stolen were worth a total of $16,130. They specifically went for iPhones in the repair room since they do not have security tags, which would have beeped at the exit gate.
There had been two similar incidents which took place earlier this year at the Apple Store in Upper West Side, New York City. The New York Post reported that three thieves stole eight iPhones worth more than $5,300 and using the same ruse; three other thieves bagged 59 iPhones worth $44,000.
These incidents are not examples of exemplary burglary but in fact, quite simple thefts. It shows the lack of security Apple stores have and the need to improve them. Their employees identity verification also seems pretty weak considering the ease with which the man walked in and left.
Apple Store employees wear a trademark blue t-shirt with the company’s logo on it, which are easily available to buy online. It is shocking that getting into the repair room didn’t require the thief to swipe his badge or enter any security code. Probably it is time for Apple to look into the security of its stores, considering the legendary security processes it has at its headquarters.