Crazy thieves steal iPhones from moving truck

“Dutch police arrested five Romanian men suspected of stealing iPhones worth 500,000 euros ($590,000) in a dangerous heist on a moving truck, a spokesman said Monday,” Seattle pi reports.

“The five men, aged from 33 to 43, allegedly stole the iPhones in a late-night raid a week ago by driving a modified van so close to the delivery truck that one of the suspects was able to clamber across the van’s hood and break into the truck while it drove along a Dutch road, police spokesman Ed Kraszewski,” Seattle pi reports. “He said the suspect then passed boxes of iPhones back to the van through a hole cut in its roof.”

Seattle pi reports, “The men were arrested Saturday at a holiday park in the central Netherlands, where police also recovered iPhones and the van they believe was used in the theft.”

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  1. No one has to steal Android smartphones. Most companies are practically giving Android smartphones away for free. That much shows by way of Apple’s dwindling iPhone global market share percentage. It’s almost better if those iPhones are stolen and sold at a cheaper price somewhere. Insurance costs cover the theft and consumers who can’t normally afford an iPhone will get one at a cheaper cost. That is unless Apple is able to disable stolen iPhones from being used on a network.

    The cost of that theft meant less than 100 iPhones were stolen. It’s better than nothing but not a fantastic haul. If those were Android smartphones, they would have to steal about 300 smartphones to make that amount. They could go to India to sell them quickly.

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