Within the past month, the Apple store on Knox has been robbed at least four times, police reports show. Tens of thousands of dollars of merchandise has been stolen with thousands more lost in damages to the store. With so many crimes happening in such a short space of time, I'm left wondering if the crimes are connected, if this store is deemed an "easy target" among local burglars, and how long the store can continue to operate with such huge losses. I would think more security would be the most obvious answer, but in at least two of the four offenses, security was present (just unaware) while the thefts were occurring.
To learn more details about each crime, keep reading.
On Dec. 15, at 2:10 p.m., thieves stole six $649 iPhones from a display in the Knox Street Apple. While one thief ripped the security sensors from the phones, an accomplice acted as a lookout at the front door. Witnesses saw the pair flee through the alley on foot and then jump into a blue car and speed away.
That is at least the third time in December that the store has been hit. Police reports say that the suspects committed a similar robbery on Dec. 4, although that incident was not reported.
On Dec. 1, at around 5:45 a.m., burglars broke into the store through the South wall, entering through an adjacent building that is under construction. They made off with 15 Macbook Pro laptops with a combined value of $27,585 and caused $3,500 worth of damage to the wall. A wooden table, believed to be from the business next door, was found blocking the alley behind the store.
On Nov. 18, between 3 and 6 a.m., thieves climbed onto the roof of the Apple store and stole four copper air-conditioning coils with a combined value of $40,000. At least three of the coils were recovered in a U-Haul abandoned in the alley behind the store, but the damage was already done.
Any ideas on the pattern here, or what Apple management should do, short of closing the store, to prevent more losses?