More than $100,000 worth of iPhone 5 devices stolen in Japan

Over $100,000 worth of iPhone 5 devices have been stolen before the official release in Japan. The robberies occurred in the early hours of Friday morning before the official launch. As of noon today, three stores in the city have been robbed.

Authorities have said that 33 iPhone 5's were missing from one KDDI Corp stores in Ibaraki city. Two hours later 116 devices and a store display were stolen from Softbank Corp in the western district of Osaka city. Police say they were taken from a back room that was locked within a span of four minutes. The footage shows that there were three culprits, all which are likely to be male. Another store in Ibaraki was also robbed of 42 iPhone 5's, however police say they are uncertain if it's related as they have not yet checked security footage.

The high cost of Apple devices makes them a frequent target of theft and these incidents are likely to make device availability a little more difficult in the area.

The iPhone 5 has seen the most successful launch to date of any iPhone, landing over two million pre-orders in the first 24 hours.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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trackability is where the story is..
code on the box ? so what.
how many stores have sat there and typed out the id's onto a pc ?
tied to barcode somehow ? where they ALL added to inventory control systems ?
I have a lot of experience handling inventory management in a known retail co.
(which used scanners for ordering linked to distrib depots across the country)
and i wanna know if these devices are gonna be possibly activated ?
If the got the manufactorer involved then maybe if not i bet they will be activated.

I can't believe how stupid people are to go through all that trouble and risk going to jail, all for a phone? Seriously? There is something wrong with society.

Scorbing said,
I can't believe how stupid people are to go through all that trouble and risk going to jail, all for a phone? Seriously? There is something wrong with society.

Yes there is... if apple sells poop and names it iPoop, some people will buy it... or better even steal it...

Scorbing said,
I can't believe how stupid people are to go through all that trouble and risk going to jail, all for a phone? Seriously? There is something wrong with society.

I'm pretty sure they did it for the money..

bomba6 said,
Can they block the IMEIs?
Do the stores know the IMEI prior to selling the devices?

yes they do. the IMEI number is printed on the sticker on the lower backside of the box

OK lets set the record straight, whilst yes there were more than 2 million or more pre-orders for the iPhone take a look at the figures to see that this isn't as impressive as it sounds (link below).

"Apple's iPhone 5 pre order sales record is only an “as expected”
Assuming
1. On average people who bought their iPhone 18 months ago would be looking to upgrade about now.
2. Only existing iPhone owners have pre-ordered the iPhone 5. This won't be the case, there's bound to be some new converts in there, but if so this would only make the headline conclusion stronger

Apple announced the iPhone 5 on the 4th September by their invite. By the time pre orders opened on 14th September there would be (on average) 10 days of pent up demand for upgrades. 10 days @ 200,000 per day = 2m.

In other words the number of pre orders is equal to the number of upgrades you would have expected given the number of iPhone owners.

So watch out whenever the iPhone 6 comes out. If Apple wants to “shatter” the pre-order record again you might just see those invites going out a week earlier!

http://www.showmenumbers.com/g...cord-is-only-an-as-expected

JamesWeb said,
$100,000 of iPhone 5s? What so like, 3 of them AHAHAHA

The joke is the iPhone is expensive.

Was about to say, I wonder who stole them both

They'll be returning the phones soon once they find out how bad the maps are. It looks like someone went crazy with the terrain control in Sim City 3000 and messed up the cities.

The culprits are probably daisy chaining them to make a phone that can talk to Steve Jobs in the hereafter praying that he can somehow restore Apple's innovation.

Thief000 said,
The culprits are probably daisy chaining them to make a phone that can talk to Steve Jobs in the hereafter praying that he can somehow restore Apple's innovation.

LOL!

Thief000 said,
The culprits are probably daisy chaining them to make a phone that can talk to Steve Jobs in the hereafter praying that he can somehow restore Apple's innovation.

Nah, but I'm sure he's spinning in his grave over how hard the iPhone 5 sucks so fast that Apple can use him to generate all the power they need to run their Asian sweatshops.

Edited by BattleDaggit, Sep 21 2012, 11:09am :