updated 11:25 am EST, Wed January 4, 2012
Taxi driver takes fire after pursuit
Three people have been arrested following a robbery of the Scottsdale Quarter Apple Store in Arizona, reports say. In the early hours of January 2nd, the thieves smashed through the glass front door of the building, and proceeded to take about $75,000 in iPads, iPods, and MacBook Airs. A passing driver noticed the incident, though, and started following the thieves as they drove down Scottsdale Road around 2AM.
In retaliation the thieves started firing on the taxi from their car, although the taxi driver went unscathed. Scottsdale Police used the driver's testimony as well as security camera footage to track down the thieves' car, and eventually the suspects themselves. Three people were arrested, including James Combs, Daniella Sierra, and an unidentified 17-year-old. Charges include a mix of burglary and weapons infractions.
Within the past couple of years Apple Stores have become a regular target for robbers. The buildings can be especially vulnerable, owing to a mix of glass facades, simple interior layouts, and extremely lucrative goods. Apple has taken limited precautions in some cases, such as installing bollards or roll-down security gates.