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In the latest Apple Crime Blotter, “iPhone Man” goes to court, a convicted murderer had an iPhone in jail, and Apple items are stolen in a robbery at a gubernatorial candidate’s headquarters.
The ultimate in an occasional AppleInsider function, looking at the world of Apple-related crimes:
Apple Store robbed at gunpoint in Bethesda
An armed suspect Stolen Apple Store in Bethesda, Maryland on October 23, Fox 5 CC informed. The suspect, police said, entered the store, pulled out a gun and took an undisclosed amount of merchandise.
One suspect is described as a man in his early 20s, wearing a “red Nike sweatshirt and surgical mask.”
The “iPhone Man” appears in court
In late September, the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office in Minnesota loaded 12 people with racketeering in connection with a cellphone theft ring in downtown Minneapolis, and one of the defendants was known as “The iPhone Man.”
In late October, four of the defendants, including “iPhone Man,” appeared in court, KSTP writes Prosecutors argued that “iPhone Man” should not be eligible for a public defender, since he posted $250,000 cash bail last month.
According to the report, the ring targeted 40 victims, netting $159,797 in cash and devices worth approximately $25,267.
Two Arrested in Apple Store Robberies in Illinois Attorney General’s Operation
the state attorney general in Illinois announced on October 22 that police raids by the Attorney General’s Organized Retail Crimes Task Force had resulted in several arrests. These included the arrests of two women who authorities said had carried out multiple Apple Store robberies in that state.
Two women caught up in such a sweep at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg were “in possession of more than $3,000 worth of products allegedly stolen from numerous Apple Stores.”
Packages with four iPhones stolen from home in Pennsylvania
Packages containing four iPhones, valued at nearly $4,000, were stolen of a home in Penn Forest Township, Pennsylvania. According to fox 56the phones were two Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max and two iPhone 13 Pro models.
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the crime and say the thief posed as the owner of the home.
Apple mouse and keyboard stolen in robbery of Arizona candidate
A man was arrested on October 27 and charged with breaking into the campaign headquarters of the Democratic candidate for governor of Arizona, Katie Hobbs. CNN reports that an Apple computer mouse and an Apple keyboard were among the items stolen.
The man was charged with one count of third-degree robbery.
iPhone, iPads, Stolen Food Truck
A Tennessee entrepreneur who transformed his food truck business into a traditional restaurant arrived only to find iPads, an iPhone, cash and the food truck stolen. According to fox 17 in Nashville, the food truck is worth $50,000 and also contained a week’s worth of inventory:
Jailed ‘gangster killer’ caught with iPhone in cell
A notorious murderer in Scotland has been caught with an iPhone in his jail cell, marking at least the third time he has been found with an illicit phone. The daily record reports that Paul Lyons had the iPhone hidden in a box in his cell, which was discovered after a routine inspection.
Lyons is serving a 12-year sentence for manslaughter, for his part in a “road rage murder.” He added a six month sentence to his existing sentence.
District Chief’s iPhone Stolen Amid Theft-Plagued Rural Olympics in India
In the final match of the Rural Olympics in Jaipur, India, the district chief’s iPhone was one of some that pickpockets stole, for News FGN. The story also said that “half a dozen pockets were cut” at the sporting event.