Perth Apple Stores Robbed
The Apple stores in Perth and Garden City were targeted overnight in Smash and Grab raids with a sledgehammer.
They got away with an estimated $300,000 worth of iPhones which Apple has now disbled.
“Thieves armed with weapons, including a sledgehammer, smashed their way into two Apple stores in Perth overnight before threatening security guards and making off with $300,000 worth of goods, mostly mobile phones.
A group of about six men dressed in dark clothing smashed their way into the Apple store in Perth's CBD about 2:15am, but were disturbed by a passing taxi and fled empty-handed.
Police said the same group broke into to the Apple store in suburban Booragoon shortly afterwards, threatening security staff before stealing the phones and other goods.
Two vehicles linked to the robberies were found burnt out and abandoned in Perth's southern suburbs.
Detective Senior Constable Matt Whelan warned people to be careful when purchasing second-hand devices.
"Police want to get the message out to the public that the phones that have been stolen have security on them by the manufacturer," he said.
"The manufacturer knows what phones have been stolen and security measures will be enabled meaning these telephones are useless.”
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