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Car rams through Berkeley Apple Store's glass facade

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 Kurf├╝rstendamm 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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    A few years back, I saw a traffic video in which a Mercedes convertible ran off a German autobahn at over 100 mph. As it rolled, an roll bar automatically extended, protecting the driver from being decapitated. Perhaps some clever person will develop a similar pop-up barrier to protect Apple stores from crash-and-grab robberies.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 11-28-08

    Maybe Apple should have sleep-in guards armed with assault rifles to use with deadly force against intruders. I think that would certainly stop criminals from attempting to rob Apple stores. Maybe the crooks will drive over to Best Buy or The Shack.

  1. And.reg

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    Tim Cook: "...and this is why we're switching to Sapphire..."

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