updated 11:08 am EDT, Fri July 6, 2012
Goods, van riders ultimately abandoned
Earlier today three men attempted to rob a van carrying Apple products in Aulnay-sous-Bois, just outside of Paris, according to reports. The suspects were allegedly carrying assault rifles, either M16s or Kalashnikovs. Despite this, the driver and the passenger in the van are said to have been released without injuries in the woods of Val d'Oise.
The suspects are still at large. The van, though, was found abandoned several hours later, and the Apple products were discovered in a nearby house. It's unclear why the robbers would have given up the presumed target of the attack.
In recent years Apple products have become an increasing target for criminals, owing to their popularity and high resale value. Typically though thieves have struck at Apple Stores, not transit trucks. It's also unusual for the suspects to be so heavily armed, though guns have been used in the past. In the most infamous incident, a shootout at a San Diego store resulted in one of the robbers getting killed.