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Three robbers assault French van carrying Apple products

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Tralthamidor

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't know but any time you hijack a vehicle with assault rifles, kidnap the passengers and dump them in the woods and move the goods to another location, I wouldn't call that an attempt. Sounds like they actually did it..

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hmmm maybe...

    Maybe they were looking for the latest Android phones and when they found out it was Apple gear, they left it there in disgust. Yea, thats the ticket....


    No never mind. They were just a little crazy. They never thought they would get away with it and once they did, they did not know what to do with the stuff anyway.


  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Chalk it up to sloppy writing - the usual explanation when something doesn't quite make sense here on MacNN.

    Myself, I had my own inital misinterpretation of the headline. For a split second I thought that three guys assaulted a French van while they were carrying Apple products.

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