In the first major theft of Apple stores since the arrival of the new iPhones, several people have committed a robbery in Santa Rosa and a suspect was caught.
In another of a long series of similar robberies in California, several men ran to an Apple store in Santa Rosa, California on Sunday, and stole merchandise from presentation tables before they left. But this time a bystander filmed both the theft itself and one of the suspects who were wriggled on the ground by security agents and civilians.
The bystander, who uses the online user name "Gooneryoda", filmed the video & # 39; s later they edited on Twitter, YouTube and Reddit.
"I was at Santa Rosa Plaza and I saw these six men in jeans and hoodies working their way to the Apple Store, I knew something was going to happen and I took it", Gooneryoda wrote on r / Apple subreddit, before the video of the suspects entering the store:
The user then made a second video of one of the suspects who was subjected, struggled on the floor and handcuffed by a pair of officers in uniform and two men in plain clothes, in what appears to be a different part of the shopping center (note: strong language):
Later in the day, the Facebook page of Santa Rosa police reported that "several thieves entered the Apple Store in the Santa Rosa Plaza shopping mall and walked away with multiple devices."
Dozens of similar Apple robberies took place this year throughout California, and at least two crews who committed the crimes have been arrested. The thefts have often been caught on store security videos & # 39; s, but they are rarely recorded live by bystanders. The same Apple store, in Santa Rosa Plaza, was robbed in the same way at the end of August, with thieves taking off with $ 35,000 worth of merchandise.
Law enforcement sources contacted by AppleInsider in recent weeks it is unclear how many crews are at work and whether they are connected. An officer, Lieutenant Robert Boll of the Burlingame Police Department, said that there is probably a copycat effect on the work.
"They see how easy it is when the news plays the video," he said AppleInsider.