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Apple Store security guard kills smash-and-grab suspect

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Mon April 4, 2011

Botched robbery leads to gun battle

A security guard, hired by Apple, has shot dead a suspect in a botched Apple Store robbery early Monday, according to NBC. The incident began shortly before 7AM at the Otay Ranch outlet in Chula Vista, California. The guard is said to have confronted two men and a woman who were caught smashing in the store's front doors. A firefight erupted after one of the suspects drew a handgun, the guard claims.

The trio is reported to have fled to a silver Acura and tried to drive away, but crashed into a light pole outside a Banana Republic. One of the men was left dead inside the car while the remaining suspects got out and ran eastward. The pair were ultimately trapped at gunpoint by police, in a section of townhomes located in Winding Walk; while the woman was immediately cuffed and taken to a police car, the man was cuffed, patted down and then treated for a gunshot wound in the buttocks before being taken to a hospital by an ambulance. Apple Store workers identified the alleged robbers.

Police say they are investigating whether or not the group may have been involved in previous smash-and-grabs. During today's crime, five schools were temporarily placed on lockdown.

Apple Stores have become a growing target for thieves in recent years. Many Apple products are expensive, in high demand and potentially scarce, like the iPad 2. The company has also insisted on using glass store facades, which make it easier to break in if a robber isn't concerned with drawing attention.

by MacNN Staff



  1. donmontalvo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They got what they deserved...

    ...steal, get caught, go to jail. Done. Or die trying to get away.

    Don Montalvo, TX

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Employee of the month for sure

    Apple sends a message: Yeah, we'll shoot you in the butt.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    stupid robbers...

    "This won't happen to me!"

  1. bitwrangler

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not so simple

    Apple's biggest concern here is the part of the article that states "A firefight erupted". We can get all "they got what they deserved", but the bigger question here is going to be, was it worth having a firefight in the middle of or in front of an Apple Store to catch these criminals. Many/most business owners would answer "no", no amount of inventory is worth possibly getting customers hurt or killed". I do wonder if the guard was a truly hired by Apple or hired by this specific Apple Store (subtle but key difference). It will be interesting to see how Apple responds, if at all.

  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dead from what?

    Was he dead from a gunshot or the car accident?

  1. vintagegeek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too Bad

    Too bad all the robbers weren't shot, crashed and killed. Save us taxpayers from the expenses of a trial and jail.

  1. Salsa

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash Videos

    If you guys (MacNN) are going to post Youtube videos, would you mind also posting a link so we can download the video without having to load Adobe Flash crashware? Many of us would be very thankful.

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