updated 11:53 am EDT, Fri May 9, 2014
Possibility of robbery still unconfirmed
Early Friday morning, a car rammed through the glass facade of the 4th Street Apple Store in Berkeley, California, according to AppleInsider. It's unclear still if the incident was part of a robbery attempt, but the car appears to have smashed cleanly through the shop's front door, leaving the rest of the facade untouched. The car also bent the store's internal security gate, which like the gates at most other Apple Stores isn't designed to cope with a vehicle's force.
Thieves have used vehicles to conduct smash-and-grabs at a number of Apple locations, primarily in the US; one recent incident, though, involved a raid on the Kurfürstendamm outlet in Berlin. The problem is believed to be endemic to Apple's glass-centric architecture, which makes it relatively easy to break in. Apple has taken some steps to deter robberies -- such as bollards and the security gates -- but not all of its outlets are well-equipped.