San Diego Apple Store Robbery Bags 12 iPhones

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A smash-and-grab burglary at the University Towne Center (UTC) Apple Store in San Diego resulted in the theft of a dozen iPhones early on Thursday morning. Local TV station KFMB reported that two men wearing hoodies and jeans broke through the store’s glass front doors and stole the iPhones where they were displayed. One of the men was allegedly carrying a red duffel bag.

The UTC store is located at 4300 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego, and the robbery took place at about 4:20 AM. A number of Apple Stores have been the subject of smash-and-grab robberies in recent years due in part to the high resale value of even used Apple products.

UTC Apple Store

Apple promo picture of the UTC Apple Store

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Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

You can cross off stoners from the list of suspects.

Bryan Chaffin

You know, Brad, I almost included a smartass comment to that effect, but it was NOWHERE near as funny as the way you put it, so I’m extra glad I didn’t. smile

Lee Dronick

I live in San Diego and can add a few details to the story. A cleaning crew noticed the two guys making their way through the mall and contacted security. However, the perps did the smash-and-grab before security and police could arrive. There is security camera footage of the suspects and the break in, but it doesn’t provide much to help ID the guys. The mall is a block away from Interstate 805 and about 2-3 blocks away from Interstate 5 which makes for a quick getaway.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

But jeans and hoodies… I hope they were just fatties and not hip hop fashionistas. It’s too hot in SoCal this week for jeans and hoodies, even at that early hour.

Seriously, though… I am surprised the malls don’t demand more hardened security at night from the Apple Stores. Retractable bars are becoming the norm on glass windowed retail in the strip malls of suburbia.


what dummies…. all those phones have mobile me on them and can be tracked very easily

Lee Dronick

what dummies?. all those phones have mobile me on them and can be tracked very easily

Also I wonder if the phone cameras can be remotely activated

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