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Apple Store shoplifting incident helps solve rash of thefts

updated 12:20 pm EST, Mon December 6, 2010

Suspects thought to have been fulfilling 'orders'

The arrest of two men following an incident at an Apple Store in Tampa, Florida appears to have solved a series of thefts in the area, a local Fox affiliate says. At the International Plaza Apple outlet, a customer spotted two men grabbing iPads from a stack on wall display. After reporting the theft, a mall security guard is said to have confronted the shoplifters in the parking lot, who sped away in a vehicle after dropping the stolen iPads.

Because the guard wrote down the vehicle's license plate however, police from a holiday task force were able to track the men to another parking lot nearby. A search of the car found bags of goods from other stores in the area, and Google maps showing malls and other shopping venues in the state. Police suggest that the men were probably filling "orders" for specific products.

Beyond iPads, some of the other items stolen by the men include jeans and watches. As of Friday, a third man was being sought after. Despite being caught in Tampa, all of the suspects are originally from the Miami area.

by MacNN Staff





  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    when was the last time

    anybody tried to heist a Microsoft Store? if ever?

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    c'mon climacs

    they were filling "orders" for specific products. who's going to order a zune? even criminals have standards.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Last Time a Microsoft Store Was Broken Into ..

    ... the next morning the employees discovered that they had 328 more Zunes and 89,002 more Windows Phlop 7s in stock than they did the night before. Not to mention 2 Kins.

  1. tonewheel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Trailer trash....

  1. UmarOMC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Chop, chop...

    OFF with their hands!

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Walk the plank...

    Can't find a job guys? How does making license plates sound?

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