Fake messenger steals $58,000 worth of iPhones from NYC Apple Store

“The NYPD is asking for help identifying a man who passed himself off as a messenger and stole $58,000 worth of iPhones from an Apple Inc. store,” NBC New York reports.

“The unidentified man walked into a store in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on Thursday and told an employee he was a messenger there for a pick-up,” NBC New York reports. “The NYPD says the employee gave the man three boxes with approximately $58,000 worth of iPhone 7s.”

NBC New York reports, “The man then fled the location in a white Ford van with unknown license plates.”

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“It wasn’t immediately clear how the suspect fooled staff at the Meatpacking District store,” Trevor Kapp reports for DNA Info. “Surveillance footage shows the suspect — last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, camouflage pants and black sneakers — standing inside the store near its trademark spiral staircase.”

“He hadn’t been arrested as of Friday morning, police said,” Kapp reports. “He was described as about 45 to 55 years old, bald, standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 195 pounds, police said.”

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MacDailyNews Note: Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.


    1. I guess all you gotta do is walk into any Apple Store, claim you are there for a pickup and employees immediately fork over $$$$ worth of iPhones with no questions or verification asked. Smart policy.

      Well, there IS no reason in today’s world not to trust strangers in general, right?

      BWAHAHAHAHA! Wonder if the idjits who handed them over got fired?

    2. “Hi! I need a 60 iPhone 8+ because that’s why I wasn sent here to pick up…..”

      “No problem let me go get those iPhones for you…”

      Yah, this is extremely suspicious that the Appe employee is a prime suspect…no normal person gives out $58k worth of a product and not raise eyebrows or ask questions and at the very least, inform a manager of what is happening.

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  2. …And Apple immediately BRICKED every one of those iPhones. They are effectively dead and worthless.

    Suckers may still buy them, sight unseen. But they’ll find them dead.

    Why? Apple has all their serial numbers and is able to trigger them all to permanently lock. The end.

    But of course, TechTardiness is rampant. Crooks will steal, not comprehending the technology they’ve just stolen.

    1. Very good point!
      Curious though…

      Let’s assume for a moment that I’m “cynical” (I know, would never cross your mind, just roll with me on this one). When I buy an iPhone outright, can I ask that Apple disable their “bricking” feature? It’s my phone after all…

      1. I believe, only an ‘Admin’ who has set up and controls the device is able to ‘brick’ it. But I’m vague tonight (blame my family) to wonder. I know the fake ‘ransomware’ attacks occur due to phishing someone’s Apple (iCloud) account ID and password. Apple is able to UNbrick such compromised devices. But can they brick them at will?

  3. I was once in the Paris Louis Vuitton on the Champs Elysee. I saw a small safe that cost 50K euro. It was so small it could hold 50 K in it.

    Here’s the mah problem of the day boys and girls…
    $58K in iPhones. Why three boxes?

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