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40 iPhones stolen in Salem, Oregon

updated 11:20 am EST, Fri January 11, 2008

Oregon iPhone theft

A thief operating in Oregon's capital city of Salem has stolen a considerable number of iPhones, local police report. According to an official bulletin, 40 iPhones were taken from the AT&T Wireless store on 200 Hawthorne Avenue SE, along with a number of other cellphones and miscellaneous accessories. The thief broke through a window in the store at approximately 4AM on January 9th, triggering an alarm that alerted police. It was not, however, in time to catch sight of a suspect.

People are being cautioned to be careful of who and where they buy iPhones from, as the thief is likely to fence or otherwise illegally sell his goods. It is also pointed out that the phones may go on sale through eBay, where they could be much more difficult to track.




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  1. Peter753

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Pshhh.

    I'd buy one.

  1. Jashue

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Better sell 'em quick!

    Before rev 2 comes out (next week?)

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oh yeah...?

    Well, I had 6 iPhones stolen from me, over the course of two separate shipments, via Fedex -- with Fedex doing absolutely NOTHING to actually catch the thief (who, it turns out, what the Fedex residential driver).

    Yeah, great story -- Fedex' means of 'investigating' was to have a meeting and announce they are investigating the thefts, telling all drivers to cooperate... The next day, all drivers except for one showed back up for work. Pretty obvious what that means, right?

    Not so to Fedex -- "Oh, who knows, maybe he's sick" was the wise assumption from their 'investigator'. Later did my buddies from UPS find out that this Fedex driver was previously fired from UPS for improprieties (hmmm...?), and then hired by Fedex (nice background checks there, fedex).

    Needless to say,I no longer ship via Fedex. I suggest neither should you.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    serial numbers?

    wouldn't AT+T be able to find out which serial numbers belonged to the stolen iPhones? Or do they just take delivery without recording this information (that's entirely possible, would probably be a PITA to record the serno of each phone as it comes in and goes out)?

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hard to track?

    So they know the address of the phone so they can send you a bill each month, but they can't track it to check if it's on a stolen list? What's wrong with this picture?

    The technology in computers should definitely be there to track stolen merchandise. There's no excuse for it not to!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: hard to track

    it's entirely possible that their stores simply count the number of iPhones that come in and go out, only recording the serno on your receipt once it's purchased. It would likely be time-consuming to record the serial number of each phone (of whatever make and model) in inventory as it comes in, even if done with an IR scanner onto some sort of industrial PDA.

    OTOH if they do do this, then it would be a simple matter to flag these phones if ever activated, then find out where the purchaser obtained them.

    Insurance is likely going to cover it anyway...

  1. magicbumone

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I live in Salem, OR

    No way someone stole 40 iphones in my home town. I shop at Hawthorne at&t and this sucks for them but insurance should cover them. Its cool to see Salem making the news though but to bad its had to be about people stealing iphones. I will make sure I don't buy one from craigslist anytime soon.

  1. Chris Hutcheson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Serial numbers

    Don't these things have barcoded serial numbers? If they do, how hard can waving your hand over a box on the way to a shelf be?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: oh yeah

    Sorry, but for me it was UPS who kept stealing my MBP. No one cared, they just shipped the empty box back to Amazon and never said a word about it. They're all the same.

    Boycotting every company you have a bad experience with is going to leave you with very few choices in the future.

  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: zinkdifferent

    What a doof you are. Obviously, Fedex performed an investigation or the driver would not have been caught. As for background checks, prior employers are only allowed to give out minimal info on employees. I am sure this thief also stole packages from UPS also. UPS just leaves your stuff in front of your door. Fedex requires a signiture. You can also insure your shipments, Bonehead! I assure you, Fedex quality control is far more superior and advanced than UPS.

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