The New York Police Department is investigating to find out if the theft of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s products has any link with a major data breach at Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT). The Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products were stolen from several Target stores in the New York-area. The discount retailer reported yesterday that the credit and debit card data of more than 40 million customers has been exposed. Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT)’s security nightmare comes at a crucial time in the holiday shopping season.

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$20,000 worth of Apple products

Law enforcement sources told the NYPost that the Brooklyn South Anti-crime Unit officials discovered the theft on Thursday in Flatbush. Officials pulled over a Dodge Caravan, with three men inside, for blowing a red light. When the 21-year old driver Isiah Ramdaran opened the glovebox to fetch the insurance documents, he revealed a loaded 3-caliber gun. Upon a quick search of the truck, officials found more than $20,000 worth of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices in Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT)’s shopping bags. There were 11 iTouches, 14 iPad Minis and 17 iPad Airs. Receipts showed that all those Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products were purchased at different New York-area Target stores.

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Sources said that the goods were purchased using gift cards that they might have bought with stolen credit cards. All three suspects have been charged with possession of a gun and stolen property. The second-largest discount retailer in the country acknowledged yesterday that it was investigating a breach that took place over the Thanksgiving weekend. Customers who purchased goods between November 27 and December 15 by swiping their cards at  Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) stores have been the victims of the breach. The retailer said that online purchases were not affected by the data breach.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products have been the favorite of shoppers this holiday season. The latest credit card breach is the second-largest in the history of the United States. In 2007, The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX) said that the credit card data of more than 45 million of its shoppers were exposed to fraud.