Boca Raton Thieves Target Apple Store Customers

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Thieves in Boca Raton have been targeting Apple Store customers, according to a Florida newspaper. Fort Lauderdale's SunSentinel reported Monday that police have been investigating five different robberies in the last three months in which customers who bought Macs and took them out to their cars found their cars broken into, and their Macs taken.

"They are all similar scenarios," police spokeswoman Sandra Boonenberg told the newspaper.

The robberies took place in the Town Center shopping mall in Boca Raton, where Apple has an Apple Store. The thieves apparently have been following customers out of the store who were carrying Macs out of the stores.

In the five robberies being investigated, the customers apparently left their new Macs in their cars unattended, and went back into the mall to continue shopping. When they did so, the thieves broke into their cars and took their purchases.

According to the SunSentinel, police said that customers were not targeted inside the store, but rather sometime after they left. The Apple Store pointed out that they can always hold customers purchases until they are ready to leave the mall.

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Lee Dronick

Oh no! A basic security measures violation. At the very least drive to the other side of the shopping center and park there. Or better yet leave it at the Apple Store as mentioned in the article.

Sounds like a good setup for a sting operation.


Considering that a mother and daughter were murdered at this mall not so long ago despite it being a “high end” retailer, this isn’t exactly surprising.

It’s a really bad Visa commercial:

Walking out of the mall with a new Macbook Pro:  $2000.
Making it out of the mall parking lot alive: Priceless.


How many of these owners made sure the computer was left in their trunk?  Did any of these owners have a trunk where it was not obvious what the contents was?  Did any of these owners think that they might do better at the very least to cover the computer with a beach umbrella, or rain jacket?  Maybe it is time for the mall in question to at least put in the parking lot signs to keep valuables under wraps when shopping so it isn’t obvious there is something valuable.  One thing this does point to is the need for Apple to use non-descript boxes to cover their machines.

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