Police arrest gang who stole iPhones from Madrid Apple store by chewing security cables

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Spanish police have arrested ten people for repeatedly stealing iPhones from an Apple Store in Madrid over a two-month period, with gang members caught on camera chewing through the security tethers used to protect the store from theft.




The group, which included eight minors, stole 24 high-end iPhones over the period, with the total haul valued at approximately ?23,000 ($24,350). While the Apple Store in question is not identified, other than being located in Madrid, sources of El Mundo believe it to be the Puerta del Sol outlet in the center of the city.

According to Madrid police, the investigation started late last year, after staff noticed an increase in iPhones disappearing from the shop floor. Multiple members of the group entered the store on each occasion in a "joint, planned, and distributed manner," spreading out to make it harder for staff to find the iPhone once they are alerted to the attempted theft.

One member of the team was tasked with biting down and chewing on the security cable until it was weak enough to be ripped apart, an act caught on the in-store security cameras. Once free, iPhones were passed between the thieves towards the exit, where it would then be removed from the store by a waiting gang member.

All ten members of the gang have been arrested, after police caught one member attempting to sell one of the stolen iPhones valued at ?900 ($952). The juvenile group members are now incarcerated, while the two adults have been issued with a restraining order, banning them from being within 100 meters (328 feet) from the store.

Apple Stores are a high-profile target for thieves, but other notable thefts from the retail locations used more conventional measures. In December, a group rammed a rental car into the Palo Alto Apple Store as part of a smash-and-grab raid, while in October another group stole iPhones worth $13,000 from a store in Natick, Massachusetts, again by ripping the security tethers.
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  • Reply 1 of 22
    Apple asked all the dentists in the area if there were any patients with metal wires in their teeth, or unusual wear on the enamel. It was just a matter of time.
    anton zuykovjbdragonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 22
    SoliSoli Posts: 9,176member
    Why chew when you can clip the wire in a second?
    jbdragonravnorodomurahara[Deleted User]
  • Reply 3 of 22
    At some point, I think you've earned the stuff you stole. Chewing your way through steel reinforced cables? Yeah, keep it.
    repressthisr00fus1watto_cobraGeorgeBMac
  • Reply 4 of 22
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,934member
    Soli said:
    Why chew when you can clip the wire in a second?
    Thieves aren't always the brightest people in the world. They also forget there's security cameras watching everyone's moves at all times. Its not like they're gonna get away with it. 
    netroxravnorodomdysamoriawatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 22
    Soli said:
    Why chew when you can clip the wire in a second?
    That's what I was thinking!  One might discreetly have a tool up the sleeve, etc.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 22
    netroxnetrox Posts: 755member
    I thought if you clip or chew the cable, it would trigger an alarm? Interesting.
    dysamoria
  • Reply 7 of 22
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,674member

    All ten members of the gang have been arrested, after police caught one member attempting to sell one of the stolen iPhones valued at ?900 ($952). The juvenile group members are now incarcerated, while the two adults have been issued with a restraining order, banning them from being within 100 meters (328 feet) from the store.
    Like a restraining order is really going to deter these miscreants?  Seriously?  They can just be down the street while their minions continue to enter the store and loot it.

    Law enforcement is such a joke at times.  This too has to frustrate cops that see the same faces time-and-time again.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 22
    Chewing through metal cables, when tools exist... Buffoons!  :D
    jbdragondysamoriawatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 22
    I thought the security cables were alarmed.
    dysamoriawatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 22
    The original article doesn't state it, but I think this is how it was done a little more specifically: one member would chew through the cable until the alarm sounded. Once that happened he/she would quickly walk away and discreetly hand off the iPhone to another and it would pass through two or more gang members and that makes it very difficult to determine who has the stolen item. A similar method is often used by pickpockets and other shoplifters.

    The cables used at Apple stores in the USA aren't armored but are alarmed -- this is probably the case everywhere. Armored cables are too heavy and thick and still have a very weak point -- where they are attached to the iPhone by a small bit of adhesive. Why they would chew instead of using a tiny set of clippers is probably to reduce the evidence trail since the culprit isn't caught with a tool and instead caught with a set of teeth which nearly everyone has.

    The street value of iPhones stolen from an Apple store are pretty low. They can't be used as a valid phone and are only good for a few parts (screen, case, battery, etc.). The criminals selling them can only get a reasonable resale value by conning a buyer into thinking it's somewhat usable.
    avon b7dysamoriawatto_cobrapscooter63
  • Reply 11 of 22
    sflocal said:

    All ten members of the gang have been arrested, after police caught one member attempting to sell one of the stolen iPhones valued at ?900 ($952). The juvenile group members are now incarcerated, while the two adults have been issued with a restraining order, banning them from being within 100 meters (328 feet) from the store.
    Like a restraining order is really going to deter these miscreants?  Seriously?  They can just be down the street while their minions continue to enter the store and loot it.

    Law enforcement is such a joke at times.  This too has to frustrate cops that see the same faces time-and-time again.
    At least they were actually arrested. Nothing gets done with shoplifting here in California anymore thanks to Prop 47. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 22
    sflocal said:

    All ten members of the gang have been arrested, after police caught one member attempting to sell one of the stolen iPhones valued at ?900 ($952). The juvenile group members are now incarcerated, while the two adults have been issued with a restraining order, banning them from being within 100 meters (328 feet) from the store.
    Like a restraining order is really going to deter these miscreants?  Seriously?  They can just be down the street while their minions continue to enter the store and loot it.

    Law enforcement is such a joke at times.  This too has to frustrate cops that see the same faces time-and-time again.
    At least they were actually arrested. Nothing gets done with shoplifting here in California anymore thanks to Prop 47. 
    Filling prisons over petty theft and victimless crimes like drug possession is a bad way to run a society.
    lena
  • Reply 13 of 22
    Soli said:
    Why chew when you can clip the wire in a second?
    Millennials. They're almost all idiots.
    edited February 2017 watto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 22
    SoliSoli Posts: 9,176member
    Soli said:
    Why chew when you can clip the wire in a second?
    Millennials. They're almost all idiots.
    How is that a reasonable observation?
  • Reply 15 of 22
    dewmedewme Posts: 2,121member
    kbeat said:
    At some point, I think you've earned the stuff you stole. Chewing your way through steel reinforced cables? Yeah, keep it.
    Yeah, this kind of behavior that really makes you wonder if human evolution has made a bigass u-turn and whether we should be investing heavily in knuckle shoes. Kind of like people who smuggle drugs in their colon... uh, really?
    watto_cobrapscooter63
  • Reply 16 of 22
    dysamoria said:
    sflocal said:

    All ten members of the gang have been arrested, after police caught one member attempting to sell one of the stolen iPhones valued at ?900 ($952). The juvenile group members are now incarcerated, while the two adults have been issued with a restraining order, banning them from being within 100 meters (328 feet) from the store.
    Like a restraining order is really going to deter these miscreants?  Seriously?  They can just be down the street while their minions continue to enter the store and loot it.

    Law enforcement is such a joke at times.  This too has to frustrate cops that see the same faces time-and-time again.
    At least they were actually arrested. Nothing gets done with shoplifting here in California anymore thanks to Prop 47. 
    Filling prisons over petty theft and victimless crimes like drug possession is a bad way to run a society.
    True...  minor amputation would be more effective for theft.  Drug possession?  Who cares, unless they were putting someone else in danger.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 22
    netrox said:
    I thought if you clip or chew the cable, it would trigger an alarm? Interesting.
    Probably does... 
    "Once free, iPhones were passed between the thieves towards the exit, where it would then be removed from the store by a waiting gang member. "

    If staff came and searched everyone in the shop, the iPhone would not be found as it had already left the shop.
    edited February 2017
  • Reply 18 of 22
    Hi.  I live in Spain and read the local news. The guys are from Rumania. We have an invasion of these immigrants that only know stealing.  Sometimes I think we also need a Trump here to remove this crap coming from eastern Europe. 
  • Reply 19 of 22
    Image result for james bond steel teeth

    Jaws says:   "No Problem!"
    SpamSandwichSoli
  • Reply 20 of 22
    alexmac said:
    Hi.  I live in Spain and read the local news. The guys are from Rumania. We have an invasion of these immigrants that only know stealing.  Sometimes I think we also need a Trump here to remove this crap coming from eastern Europe. 
    These gypsies have also overrun Italy and are well-known for their thievery.
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