Cleveland Apple Store Smash & Grab Nabs 24 MacBooks, 1 iPod

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Thieves broke into the Cleveland, Ohio Crocker Park Apple Store Friday morning in a “smash and grab” robbery, according to WKYC, a Cleveland TV station. Police reported that three thieves were able to nab 24 MacBooks and MacBook Pros, as well as a single iPod, in less than a minute, and the entire affair was caught on video (posted below).

Crocker Park Apple Store

Promo shot of the Crocker Park Apple Store
Photo by Apple Inc.

In the photo above, you can see windows above the Apple Store. These are residential units perched atop the trendy retail shops like the Apple Store, and according to WKYC, the local residents were unaware of the robbery was taking place.

“[It’s] shocking because there is a lot of security around here. I come in all hours of the night and it’s very safe,” Resident Nicole Cupp told the station’s news team.

No one was injured in the robbery, and all three thieves got away. The news video posted by WKYC also said that the FBI was consulting on the robbery. The video below is just the surveillance footage of the event.

Surveillance footage of the Apple Store robbery

Thanks to TUAW for the heads up on the robbery.

Comments

palenoue

When is Apple going to learn!  People want a drive-through window so they can buy iPads on the go, and they’re going to keep driving through windows until Apple adds a convenient drive-through lane.

mhikl

Cool, palenouse.

What effort would it take to grab and lock everything in the back. Metal doors or chain link should secure them from the grabby type.

Still want to show off the wares? Can’t apple have empty shells for after hour show?

The jaded might think Apple sees these stories as free advertising.

sflocal

I wonder why they don’t install metal roll-down bars when they close for the night.  They put so much effort into remodeling/building these stores, that it would be easy to incorporate the new security doors that are completely hidden when the store is open.  Heck, they could program it so that the bars go down automatically in the night hours when traffic is non-existent.

I guess the amount stolen to-date is not enough for Apple to justify the added security expense.  Perhaps they think the ugly metal bars at night would make the stores look unsightly at night?

Lee Dronick

I wonder why they don?t install metal roll-down bars when they close for the night.

Many “upscale” malls do not allow the use of those security doors. But as you say maybe the amount stolen doesn’t justify the cost of the security as well as the look and feel of the store.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Many ?upscale? malls do not allow the use of those security doors. But as you say maybe the amount stolen doesn?t justify the cost of the security as well as the look and feel of the store.

On the other side, many communities won’t issue permits for this kind of storefront unless it includes such security features or on-site security when it’s closed. This kind of storefront is simply a crime magnet in an open-mall.

RonMacGuy

I guess the amount stolen to-date is not enough for Apple to justify the added security expense.

Cost to add extra security expense:  Apple’s pocket.
Cost to repair broken glass and replace stolen merchandise:  Insurance Company’s pocket.
Sending message to people that Apple products are in such high demand that people will smash through windows and grab as many as they can in 60 second:  Priceless!!

jpfreeman

Clearly the stores fulfill their marketing function even at night, so hiding the computers away or security fences would undermine that. I just wonder if releasing the video was such a good idea. Smash and grab at an Apple store could become very trendy, like dancing at a Apple store.

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