Apple products worth $500K, including 436 iPhones, stolen from US store

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Thieves stole iPhones, iPads and watches worth $500,000 after breaking into an Apple Store inside a mall in the US. According to police, thieves stole more than 400 electronics items from the Apple retailer at the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington state, Como News reports.

According to the Linwood Police Department (LPD), they entered by cutting through the bathroom wall of a nearby espresso machine store.

“In total, approximately 436 iPhones were retrieved from the back,” said Maren McKay, LPD Communications Manager.

“In total, about $500,000 worth of merchandise was stolen and that’s iPhones, iPads, Apple watches,” McKay said.

The owner of the coffee machine store said he had never done anything like this in five years of business at the mall.

Apple employees “were not aware of the extent of the massive theft until the next morning”. The tech giant did not comment on the theft.

Brookfield Properties, the company that runs the mall, told Como News that this was an isolated incident. According to the police, it appears to be a well-coordinated operation based on what they have seen from the surveillance video.

The report quoted McKay as saying, “The masks the people were wearing didn’t have fingerprints.”

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