NY Apple thefts eyed in Target’s nationwide credit breach

“NYPD detectives are investigating the theft of Apple electronics from several New York-area Target stores for a possible link to a major hack that compromised the credit and debit cards of 40 million of the retail giant’s customers,” Larry Celona reports for The New York Post.

“The heists were discovered by chance in Flatbush Thursday when Officers Ray Higgins and John Hoder of the Brooklyn South Anti-crime Unit pulled over three men in a Dodge Caravan for blowing a red light, according to law-enforcement sources,” Celona reports. “A search of the vehicle turned up $20,000 worth of Apple goods in Target shopping bags inside the trunk. Receipts for the devices — 17 Apple iPad Airs, 11 iTouches [sic] and 14 iPad Minis — showed they had been purchased at area Targets, predominantly on Long Island, sources said.”

“The goods allegedly were bought with gift cards that had been purchased with stolen credit card,” Celona reports. “The NYPD Financial Crimes Unit is investigating whether the stolen cards have anything to do with the unauthorized access over the past 2¹/₂ weeks of data from Target customers’ credit and debit cards.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

Related article:
Target hit by massive credit-card breach – December 19, 2013


  1. Apparently stealing would stop if Apple quit making stuff. New York already says that Apple is responsible for 20% of all muggings. Notice this story originate in New York so expect another Pulitzer prize for the NYT tying Apple into the high crime rate.

    1. Innovation is DaNgErOUs!
      Outlaw invention!
      Forbid the extraordinary!
      Mediocrity for everyone makes for a safer world.

      (I am reminded of Kurt Vonnegut’s story ‘Harrison Bergeron’. It was beautifully portrayed in the PBS program ‘Between Time and Timbuktu’).

      1. The “direct connection” is that they bought some fake credit cards from someone who bought stolen numbers online from another criminal who bought the numbers in large batches from someone who may or may not have been the original thief.

        Trust me, there’s no way these idiots will lead investigators all the way back to the original crooks. Credit card fraud just has too many layers now.

        Read the book “Kingpin” if you want to know how it works. And the only reason they caught that guy is because he decided he should run the online carding forum himself.


    1. Damn your bigotry “Snoop Dogg”. You’ve pulled this crap before at MDN, spewing hate at Pakistanis. Is it your goal to hurt people? Is that your manifesto? Doesn’t that sound exactly like a troll thing to do?

      Maybe what we should be hating is the haters.

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