iPhone 5 thefts plague stores in London, Japan, Tennessee

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in iPhone edited January 2014
In addition to paying customers anxious to get their hands on Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 5 launch has also attracted thieves who have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of inventory around the world.

In London, one thief stole 252 phones before the iPhone 5 went on sale, according to the BBC. Based on an average selling price of $650, the 252 phones lifted from the O2 store would have a total value of nearly $165,000.

In addition to the handsets, cash was also taken from the carrier's store, according to police. Authorities want to speak with 23-year-old Usman Sethi of Ilford in east London about the heist.

In America, police in Murfreesboro, TN say eight thieves made off with over $100,000 worth of stolen iPads and older iPhone models earlier this week, according to Nashville television station WSMV. The inventory was taken from a Best Buy store in Middle Tennessee after a stolen vehicle was rammed into a door at the loading dock. Reports from the scene say the thieves were looking to steal the new iPhone 5, however the store's stock had not yet arrived.

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And in Japan, police said 191 units of the iPhone 5 were taken from three stores in Osaka, according to The Wall Street Journal. The collective average selling price of those handsets would be nearly $125,000.

A total of 33 iPhone 5 units were reportedly taken from a KDDI Corp. store in Ibaraki city, while another 116 were stolen from a Softbank Corp. store in the western district of Osaka city, and another nearby KDDI-owned shop had 42 iPhone 5 units lifted.
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  • Reply 1 of 39
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 3,954member
    And how many Samsung phones were stolen before being sold? NONE.

    Not even the thieves want to bother with those.
  • Reply 2 of 39

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post



    And how many Samsung phones were stolen before being sold? NONE.

    Not even the thieves want to bother with those.


     


    lame

  • Reply 3 of 39
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member

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    Originally Posted by tooltalk View Post


     


    lame



    Not lame, it's the truth, which can be backed up by facts.


     


    Thieves prefer Apple, and they usually don't bother with crap like Samsung.

  • Reply 4 of 39
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,482member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post


    Not lame, it's the truth, which can be backed up by facts.


     


    Thieves prefer Apple, and they usually don't bother with crap like Samsung.





    Check the dumpsters. the thieves probably thought they were iPhones and when they realized they weren't, they tossed them.

  • Reply 5 of 39
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member


    They can be traced right?  Im mean every cell phone can be tracked.  I would think that some how a private hit squad hired by Apple will go and paint those people with red die so they will live in shame for ever stealing from the great and mighty Apple.

  • Reply 6 of 39
    tylerk36 wrote: »
    They can be traced right?  Im mean every cell phone can be tracked.  I would think that some how a private hit squad hired by Apple will go and paint those people with red die so they will live in shame for ever stealing from the great and mighty Apple.

    Hopefully the police realize that most of these were so called 'inside jobs'. Someone who worked at these stores told someone else how many they had, where to find them and about the weakest link in the security system.
  • Reply 7 of 39


    Can you people go one forum without talking about Samsung? Seriously. Bunch of hypocrites. 

  • Reply 8 of 39

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    Originally Posted by Mac-Daddy View Post


    Can you people go one forum without talking about Samsung? Seriously. Bunch of hypocrites. 



     


    In the theft scenario, replace Samsung with Nokia. So it's not just Samsung talk.   ;)

  • Reply 9 of 39
    Since these stolen phones' serial numbers/IMEI's were not registered at a point of sale they will be easy traceable as stolen.
  • Reply 10 of 39


    Originally Posted by Mac-Daddy View Post

    Bunch of hypocrites. 


     


    … in what way? It's obvious you don't want to hear about Apple, so go to an Android forum where they bash Apple instead.

  • Reply 11 of 39


    Samsung thieves can be found bumping their phones together in a circle.

  • Reply 12 of 39

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    … in what way? It's obvious you don't want to hear about Apple, so go to an Android forum where they bash Apple instead.



     


    His point is that this forum is full of diehard Apple fanboys. You're all more obsessed with hating than you are with reason.


     


    These threads are no longer a discussion of Apple products but rather vitriol towards Google, Microsoft, and other industry players associated therein.

  • Reply 13 of 39


    Originally Posted by Shidell View Post


    These threads are no longer a discussion of Apple products but rather vitriol towards Google, Microsoft, and other industry players associated therein.



     


    Yeah, that's certainly the case. Not a blatant lie ignoring what actually goes on, but a representation of what actually occurs here.

  • Reply 14 of 39

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    Yeah, that's certainly the case. Not a blatant lie ignoring what actually goes on, but a representation of what actually occurs here.



     


    Perhaps you should revisit your last week's worth of posts, your comments seem to indicate otherwise.

  • Reply 15 of 39
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mac-Daddy View Post


    Can you people go one forum without talking about Samsung? Seriously. Bunch of hypocrites. 



     


    Would you prefer "generic manufacturer of whitegoods and electronics" instead?


     


    Just say the word and I'll add a shortcut to my dictionary.

  • Reply 16 of 39
    poochpooch Posts: 768member
    In America, police in Murfeesboro, Tenn., say eight thieves made off with over $100,000 worth of stolen iPads and older iPhone models [...]

    which america? north? south? central? latin? the united states of?


    Reports from the scene say the thieves were looking to steal the new iPhone 5, however he store's stock had not yet arrived.

    did you mean "his store's stock"? something else?


    The average selling price on those handsets would be nearly $125,000.

    why spend $125,000 on a phone in japan when you can buy a round trip ticket to the america for a couple of grand and then get that same phone for less than another thousand. total savings: $122,000. on average.

    are you guys actually compensated for writing like this?
  • Reply 17 of 39


    Originally Posted by Pooch View Post

    which america? north? south? central? latin? the united states of?


     


    Don't start that again. image


     


    For future reference, ?

  • Reply 18 of 39
    Japs don't steal! Or do they
  • Reply 19 of 39
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 3,954member

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    lame



     


    Yes, I totally agree with you.  Quite lame that thieves don't steal Samsung phones after how Samsung advertises itself as so much better than iPhones.



    Good call.  I never thought of that.

  • Reply 20 of 39
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 3,954member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Shidell View Post


     


    His point is that this forum is full of diehard Apple fanboys. You're all more obsessed with hating than you are with reason.


     


    These threads are no longer a discussion of Apple products but rather vitriol towards Google, Microsoft, and other industry players associated therein.



     


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


     


    Yeah, that's certainly the case. Not a blatant lie ignoring what actually goes on, but a representation of what actually occurs here.





    The reality is that this forum has become infested with Android fanboys, that not only is here to piss in everyone's pool, but to spread downright lies to justify their (your) iHating crusade.



    I have no problems with rational, thoughtful discussions about Apple products, and even those of competitors.  I'm actually quite interested in Microsoft's mobile offerings and considering expanding development work to that OS.  Android, doubt it.



    I with the mods would step up their efforts to jettison the fandroid baggage and take a stronger stance with banning those that obviously post with the intent of stirring the hornets nest and removing their posts.

     

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