Days after Tim Cook appeared at the opening of the Palo Alto site for the launch of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the shop was robbed Saturday afternoon and the next morning again.
The recent epidemic of Apple Stores theft across California has reached the location in the home of Palo Alto, the city of Steve Jobs, the day after CEO Tim Cook appeared in the store to launch the new iPhones.
On Saturday afternoon, according to Palo Alto online, a group of eight young men took both new demo-iPhones and iPads before they fled in multiple cars. Then, in another theft that was discovered early the next morning, someone shattered the front door of the store and left with another $ 50,000 of iPhones and iPads, according to the site.
Cook, as he often does for the first day of new product releases, visited the store on Friday, counting down to its opening and posing for selfies with customers.
The Palo Alto store, which Apple described in 2010 as a "prototype" store, reopened in June this year after extensive renovations.
Robberies have been at Apple Stores throughout California for most of this year, so law enforcement agencies are not sure how much the thefts are related. A bystander filmed a robbery in Santa Rosa last week, as well as the aftermath, in which two guards and two civilians arrested and handcuffed one of the thieves. Most thefts have followed the template of the first Palo Alto crime, with groups of thieves running into the store during office hours, picking up items and running out of business. In the course of time, burglaries have been much less frequent.
A San Francisco Chronicle This week it turned out that a total of $ 281,000 worth of merchandise was purchased from Bay Area Apple Stores between late August and late September.