Sacre bleu! Over $1.6 million in items stolen from Paris Apple store

It sounds a little like a European heist movie, but it was a very real incident on the streets of Paris that happened on New Year's Eve. Four armed robbers entered the closed Paris Apple Store, located in the city's Opera district, and made off with a cache of items that's worth close to one million pounds, or over $1.6 million.

The Daily Mail reports that the thieves, masked and armed with handguns, may have planned the raid to take place in the early evening on New Year's Eve, as much the Paris police department was occupied with keeping the peace during the city's New Year's Eve festivities. The robbers reportedly injured a security guard while conducting their raid on the store.

The report says that the thieves took hundreds of iPhones and iPads and put them into an awaiting van. The van drove off before the police could arrive on the scene. The suspects are still at large as of this report.

This is apparently the largest such raid ever conducted in a Paris Apple store, and the first where the robbers used guns. A police spokesperson claims they are doing "everything possible" to find the suspects.

Source: The Daily Mail | Image via Apple

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Wait...let'd do the math. The article says they stole iPad's and iPhones. The lowest iPhone cost $650 each and the iPad is 499 to start. Lets just say they stole an even amount of each to get to $1.6M worth of loot. We are talking about $1000 worth of loot for 2 items (1 iPad and 1 iPhone).

So Apple wants use to believe they have 16000 iTems just sitting at a single location and the guys made off with 16000 box in a van?

REALLY? Show me a van that can haul 16000 iPhone or iPads or 8000 of both in a single haul that doesnt have 18 wheels.

This story is BS.

I should have went too. I could have gotten a couple new Macs with Retina displays because I surely wouldn't buy one. Well at least these guys were smart. They made off with small items worth their weight in gold. They will be on sale at some place in a few days and no one will know it until they are activated.

What a lovely building, what with the Ionic pillars, arch windows, possibly an art-deco staircase and tables that look like the`re from Ikea!
Hopefully the guy who got injured is ok and Apple make sure he`s looked after...

if you say the average item was $2500 that's 640 items they stole to make 1.6 million. I call bull crap on the 1.6 million figure. Unless all the store employees helped them load up a semi truck.

scooterman said,
if you say the average item was $2500 that's 640 items they stole to make 1.6 million. I call bull crap on the 1.6 million figure. Unless all the store employees helped them load up a semi truck.

It does seem awful high. I would love to see a list. Unless in the heat of the police report and everything they just gave them the value of the store's inventory... I can't imagine they're able to go through and compile a list that quickly...

The day someone does this to a Microsoft store, is the day I will walk across the country wearing nothing but a g-string and cowboy boots. Balmer dreams about his products being this damn popular!

just put tiny explosives in the device that will blow up the second they leave the store unless they are securely activated by a secured employee that can remove the explode code *lol*... yes Apple needs "dye packs" in their devices now...... great.....

neufuse said,
just put tiny explosives in the device that will blow up the second they leave the store unless they are securely activated by a secured employee that can remove the explode code *lol*... yes Apple needs "dye packs" in their devices now...... great.....

Or set it to disable the clock on the 1st of January if an update isn't installed that requires registration... Hm... I see their grand scheme now! lol

Why can't Apple or other manufacturers just prevent the activation of stolen devices so stealing those would become pointless them to start with?

Indeed.. I mean you need to activate GIFT Cards.. why not phones, ipads, etc. Maybe have the wifi only stuff default to on, but once it connects to the net and finds out it's reported stolen.. bam.. shutdown.

If I remember right, the iPad does require an Internet connection to activate, so it should be possible to prevent the stolen ones from activating... Or at least help the police track them down as they are activated.

Chugworth said,
If I remember right, the iPad does require an Internet connection to activate, so it should be possible to prevent the stolen ones from activating... Or at least help the police track them down as they are activated.

Assuming Apple keeps track of product ID's that have sold and not just those that have been "Activated"... A lot of the time for products, companies don't keep the best of records...

Though I would agree that this is a really good idea. Hopefully more companies start doing this (If they aren't already).

Well, Paris being Paris, but that looks like an Apple museum...

Tourist guide: "And what you see here was the very first iPad, blablabla, crafted during the second rise of the Jobs dynasty."
"Blablabla, iPad 2, blablabla."
"Now, the Next iPad was crafted during the transition of two eras of Jobs and Cook. Said by many to be the downfall of Apple, it certainly wasn't one, and many more great works of art were made during and after that particular occurence. Now iPad the Fifth..."

And there's a lot of bored folks strolling around: "Yawn! All these things look the same to me". And looks at the floor.

And while it happens in every single museum you'd ever step your foot in, in this case they couldn't be more right...

If they were going to use an old building like that, it wouldn't have killed them to have the decor fit a little better. The tables look ugly compared to the building.

Of course i cant help of thinking of it as a wasted space entirely.

Apple surely did this on purpose to attract attention, the thieves were probably Apple employees paid to perform this little act.

lol oh my. Hope you're trolling, but you sound like the typical fanboy that goes around posting rubbish such as this.

yowanvista said,
Apple surely did this on purpose to attract attention, the thieves were probably Apple employees paid to perform this little act.

And risk a major blow due to insurance fraud?
Yeah, seems plausible...

Anything to bash Apple's popularity.

GS:mac

Yes, like Apple doesn't get enough attention already in the media every single freaking day! They release products like 3 to 4 days a year, yet they're in the news everyday!

LogicalApex said,
Yep. This is great for Apple really as it will push up their revenue from that store for the year by a large amount.

That's actually an interesting point. I would be curious to see how Apple handled that on their books. I would argue that an insurance settlement should reflect on the corporate entity, not a single retail location...

Drewidian said,
A reflection of Apple's view of security?

Yeah, I heard the password to their security system was "password"...

Ok so I am just going to point out, it would be interesting to find out if the $1.6 million is replacement cost or retail. Because typically when a theft is involved you can claim the replacement cost value as the value in the total loss. Since this is an Apple store and they are the direct supplier, I suspect the actual value to be significantly less then what is being reported and that the reported loss is actually retail value. They will likely report 1.6 million to police and insurance, while only losing $250,000 in actual cost merchandise, then if the insurance company isn't on their toes end up making money on the "robbery" which is probably an inside job to begin with.

"If" being the operative word. This could be a ploy by Apple:
"Ok guys, the iPhone 5 isn't selling as well as the previous ones. We should get someone to 'steal' them, then we claim the full selling cost!"

Simon- said,
No you claim full cost because that is how much money you would have made if you sold them.

I would imagine that would fall under "Loss of Revenue", which would be a separate part of their policy... I would assume that they would get replacement cost in this case as all of those items were not slotted for sale, and being the supplier as well, there could be a reasonable expectation that they would be able to get more product in so as to avoid that many lost sales... If they still do have some lost sales, that would be reportable as loss of revenue...

But you are legally not allowed (In most countries, so I'm assuming France as well) to profit from an insurance claim. So, submitting more than the products cost them would likely be frowned upon.