An Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) store was robbed again when thieves broke the window of one of the shops by crashing a stolen car into it, packing laptops, iPads and iPhone in two other vehicles, according to the police. The break-in incident was the seventh this year.
“These are not amateurs,” Berlin police department spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told Bloomberg. “We suspect that we’re dealing with a gang.”
Seventh in a row
An Opel Corsa was used to crash the window of the shop, and after stealing the products, thieves escaped in two Audis. A couple of weeks back, in Berlin, thieves gate-crashed into Alexa shopping mall and took away around 100,000 euros of electronics.
The store was Apple’s only store in Berlin, located on the city’s longest shopping avenue, Kurfuerstendamm, and was opened in May, after preparation of around two years. There was no comment from the Apple on the incident.
According to Neuendorf, shops in Berlin have become more cautious since the stealing has started. He said that thieves could only take 20 display pieces as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) managers locked their inventory every night.
Similar incidents for Apple products
Earlier in February, thieves robbed the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) retail store in Boulder, Colorado on a Saturday morning. The miscreants hurled three rocks at the store’s $100,000 custom glass doors and stole $64,000 worth of merchandise, including Macbooks, iPads and iPhones. According to the reports, the thief took away notebooks worth more than $2,000.
In January, robbers broke into an Apple store in Paris holding guns, and took away goods worth $1.3 million. Before that, one of the employees of Apple was arrested in New York’s JFK for indulging in the robbery of $1.5 million worth of iPad minis, stolen on their way into the United States from China.
Breaking into Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stores has increased in the recent years as Apple devices such as Macs and iPhone are easy to sell on the black market. The Apple stores are vulnerable because of glass doors that can be seen in front of all Apple’s retail stores.