The iPhone 5 has been the most anticipated gadget of the year, and most consumers patiently waited for it. Unfortunately, there were some people who refused to wait. On the eve of the iPhone 5’s arrival, some thieves in Japan decided to help themselves to over $100,000 worth of iPhone units.

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According to WSJ, Softbank and KDDI’s au were robbed just hours before the sixth generation iPhone went on sale. With a total of three separate incidents in Osaka, there was a total of 191 phones stolen. The largest theft was at Softbank where 116 units were taken, totalling a loss of 7.45 million yen or $95,000.

It’s no secret that Apple’s iPhones are in high demand and of high value, both which make them even bigger targets for theft. Unfortunately for Apple, this wasn’t the only high profile incident that has recently occurred. There was another case where a BMW crashed through the glass windows of an Apple storefront in Temecula, California.

Although these recent rashes of robberies do not provide a good start for the iPhone 5’s sale launch, the good news is that they still sold over 2 million of them during the first twenty-four hours of presale. Apple still estimates that the pre-orders won’t arrive for three or four weeks.

Starting on Friday, people in nine different countries (including the United States) were  finally be able to get their hands on the most anticipated gadget of the season. By the end of Friday evening, we should hopefully have the numbers of the total amount of iPhones sold on the first day of it’s in-store arrival. It’s a pretty epic moment in history, and I think the numbers should break records. Despite the initial negative response from some, the iPhone 5 is proving to be a trailblazer in the smartphone market and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.