updated 10:53 am EST, Mon December 23, 2013
City hit with several car-based robberies in recent times
Apple's Kurfürstendamm store in Berlin was rammed with a car earlier today during a smash-and-grab robbery, says German newspaper Bild. Around 4:15 in the morning, the thieves crashed an Opel Corsa through the doors, and proceeded to take a number of iPhones, iPads, and Macs before fleeing in a pair of Audis. So far there is no word on the progress of the police investigation.
Bild comments that there have been several similar robberies in Berlin in recent times. Perhaps the most prominent of these targeted the Alexa shopping mall at Alexanderplatz, netting a haul worth some 100,000 euros.
Kurfürstendamm isn't the first Apple Store to have been deliberately smashed with a car. Because the company prefers glass facades, it has been relatively easy for thieves to ram through them, scoop up as many electronics possible, and drive away before police can react. Apple has implemented extra security measures in some cases -- such as bollards and roll-down fences -- but other outlets remain vulnerable.