$16K in iPhones stolen from Charlotte Apple Store

“More than two dozen iPhones were recently stolen from the Apple Store at Northlake Mall,” The Charlotte Observer reports.

“A worker at the store reported to police that a known suspect stole 25 iPhones from the Apple Store sometime between Dec. 1 and Jan. 11,” The Charlotte Observer reports. “‘The iPhones were stolen from the Genius Room located inside of the store,’ a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report says. ‘The suspect did have access to the Genius Room.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t steal iPhones.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. depends if we are discussing retail price (unlocked) or subsidized price. At an average of $750/each retail it’s only 20-21 maybe 22 iPhones. Pity the fool… he/she was an Apple Store employee (my guess), wonder what caused the breakdown of common sense and ambition….

  2. Given that you can identify each phone specifically and that it has to be authorized to use it by Apple & carriers, I’ve wondered how a stolen iPhone can be used.

    I’ve just never tried to figure out how to do this as I’m not particularly interested in trying to gain so little in return for such a high risk.

  3. They’d have to jailbreak and potentially only use WiFi.
    But I’m not an expert on stolen cell phones.

    Most criminals are stupid and the people they will sell these to are stupid.

  4. Right. Wait until the phones are turned on the first time, and the serial number comes up on a screen in Cupertino or Maiden or wherever. They’ll have its location within about 4 feet in about .1 seconds or less. Not too smart.

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