One thief acquires iPads worth $57,000

Apple's iPads are always well-anticipated devices, and people are willing to pay over the odds when stock is low, just to be sure they'll get their hands on the latest and greatest from the Cupertino based company. The iPad 3 is no exception, with the highest specification models running at $800.

The floodgates are opened for theft, and Texas now has their own iThief. A woman in North Texas has managed to steal dozens of the tablets across thirty-six cities. Of the targeted stores, twenty eight have been Wal-Mart, and the other eight have been branches of Target. During her time she has managed to acquire over 100 different devices.

Her technique appears to remain constant no matter what store she is hitting. During the early hours of the morning, she fills a shopping cart with groceries, and goes to the electronics department. At the electronics department she asks to buy three iPads. She then is taken there by a worker. As they ring the iPads up, she takes the time to slip them into a bag resembling a book-bag. Once they are scanned, she places the iPads into the book-bag, and informs the clerk she needs to get the rest of the money. She then walks out of the store - and the money isn't forthcoming.

The same woman is wanted in connection with crimes in Oklahoma, as well as North Texas, though her crimes have also occurred in other locations as well. According to the police her current haul is up to $57,000 in iPads alone. Presumably this indicates the models she is 'acquiring' are not the highest-specification on the market, though still command a price premium in the tablet market. If you can recognise the woman wanted in connection with the crimes, AZFamily outlines a contact method with the police.

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This is indeed the fault of the sales person(s). I was in sales for several years, this is one of the oldest tricks in the book, you just make sure you keep back the merchandise as they "go get the money" and if the merchandise isnt on the counter when they turn to leave, you stop them immediatley or call security....how could you fail to not notice they are missing?

Something is wrong with those stores when someone can take 3 iPads out of the shop in a bag without nobody realising until it is too late.

fastcat said,
Something is wrong with those stores when someone can take 3 iPads out of the shop in a bag without nobody realising until it is too late.

if only we didn't trust each other a little more? search everyone on the way in and out?

I didn't think this was possible, clerks at any store where i live usually hold items
until they see cash, and an 800$ electronic device is gonna be behind the counter
so how on earth do the employers pull three of them out and hand them over with out receiving a cent ?
This would be impossible where i live.. couldn't be done.
These employees should be fired for stupidity !

In this day and age she shouldn't have gotten away with it one time,
never mind $50,000 worth of iPads

cRuNcHiE said,
I don't get how the staff would just let her walk away with the bag?

think she switches where the ipads are and pretends like she is leaving the ipads in the shopping cart. when the "not so smart" staff sees the cart still there, they assume she is coming back.

Sorry, but this is the fault of the employees. I would never let anyone leave the store with 1 ipad (nevermind 3) to "go get the rest of the money". Title of story should be, "Lots of stupid Walmart & Target employees get fired for giving away ipads"

jerzdawg said,
Sorry, but this is the fault of the employees.

Reading comprehension fail.

The employees did not realize that she had placed the iPads in her tote bag before walking out.

excalpius said,

Reading comprehension fail.

The employees did not realize that she had placed the iPads in her tote bag before walking out.


how can he fail to read information that isn't in the article?
It says she 'took the time' to place them in a bag... It is the till workers fault, their prime role is to Take money !

excalpius said,

Reading comprehension fail.

The employees did not realize that she had placed the iPads in her tote bag before walking out.

The employee should keep the iPads on the counter until she pays...

excalpius said,

Reading comprehension fail.

The employees did not realize that she had placed the iPads in her tote bag before walking out.


Think you are the one who failed, the article states " As they ring the iPads up, she takes the time to slip them into a bag resembling a book-bag. Once they are scanned, she places the iPads into the book-bag" - if you have ever bought anything ANYWHERE you cant just take the item and place them in your bag AFTER they are scanned without the clerk seeing you.

wonder if that is who came up to here and stole 65 iPad 2's about a year ago from wal-mart, the people walked back to the storage cage with a cart at night opened the cage with a crowbar and loaded them up and walked right out the store like nothing happened... at 2ish in the morning... no one was ever caught, yet our walmart has cameras everywhere... all at once... largest theft ever from our wal-mart and not one person stopped them or questioned them....