Foreign media Apple Insider has released a new series of articles on crimes related to Apple products, including the theft of more than 100 iPhones at music festivals and the discovery of a credit card forged wanted man on the Apple Store. Police have warned against fraud by drug dealers using iPhones as scales.
California’s massive electronic “fence” operation
Police in the U.S. Bay Area have carried out a massive “fence” operation that includes 1,800 stolen electronic devices, including many iPhones and other products. The operation is centered around two wireless stores in California, expanding as far as Dubai, Vietnam, Mexico and Iran, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The suspect in the incident worked with people who stole iPhones and other products from trucks in FedEx and UPS.
Hundreds of iPhones stolen from music festival, recovered by police
Police in Palm Beach County, Florida, recovered more than 100 iPhones stolen over the weekend from the Daisy Music Carnival in Orlando. Police found the driver and stolen credit cards in the car of a 25-year-old man who was arrested, CBS 12 reported. Police are advising those whose phones were stolen to contact the Orlando Police Department.
In addition, another 34-year-old man was arrested by Orlando police for stealing more than 30 mobile phones. It is reported that the man from the “Daisy Music Carnival” stolen mobile phones including the iPhone and Samsung models.
Hospital staff accused of stealing bank cards from patients to buy iPhones and ‘party’
A hospital worker in the UK has been accused of stealing bank cards from patients and using the money for large sums of money, including for a new iPhone and a “women’s bachelor party”, which meant spending the equivalent of $600 at a regional strip club. The woman and her boyfriend also paid to travel abroad and pay parking fines, according to The Evening Standard.
Apple store employee fired for sending customer photos to himself
In a massively retweeted Facebook post, a California woman was fired after accusing an Apple Store employee of using her phone to send her own intimate photo of herself. According to Bakersfield Now, the incident took place at the Valley Plaza Mall Apple Store.
When the woman returned home, she found a message had been sent from her phone to a strange number containing a “quite private” photo of her nearly a year ago. The store launched an investigation and announced that the employee had been dismissed, and police said criminal proceedings were likely.
Man gets into car mistaken for Uber and iPhone robbed
An Indiana man was robbed of his iPhone earlier this month after entering a car mistaken for Uber. According to IDS News, the man called an Uber and then entered a black SUV that he mistook for an Uber vehicle.
Although it was not an Uber car, the driver insisted on driving him home in exchange for Venmo’s money. Upon arrival, he gave the iPhone XR to the man to enter Venmo information, but the driver fled with his iPhone.
Man wanted for credit card forgery found in Apple store in Iowa
Police in Iowa say they have found a 47-year-old man in an Apple store who may have come from a nationwide credit card forgery ring. Nicolae Marius Barbu is wanted on a number of felony charges of identity theft and credit card forgery and was found on a security camera at an Apple store, the Des Moines Register reported. He is said to have been involved in a theft that stole credit cards from gym lockers and used them to buy “high-priced computer electronics.”
The same Apple store was robbed three times.
In September, an Apple store in the Milwaukee area was robbed in three separate incidents. According to Fox 6 Now, the stolen goods were worth more than $30,000, most of them on iPhones.
Four people from Chicago, including a 17-year-old, have been charged with theft after store employees identified a burglar in a previous burglary.
Infinite Loop Apple Store Burglarist
In September, a group of people stole items from the Apple Store on One Infinite Loop in Cuputino. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the suspect “took action at the concert, took a multi-store project, fled a car waiting at the door without payment” and stole items worth more than $18,000.
Police say drug dealers use iPhones to weigh drugs in the hope that the public will be aware of the “scam”
A North Carolina police department recently posted on social media in the hope of making the community aware of a “scam.” In this scam, “untrustworthy drug dealers” use iPhones instead of scales to show the weight of the drug and then sell it. On the department’s Facebook page, which contains a picture of the iPhone, police asked vulnerable community members to go to the police station and “arrange to meet with one of our officers who can help you by weighing your purchase fee.” Make sure you are not deceived by the fees you pay. “
Ex-Atlanta police officer accused of threatening victim with gun, stealing iPhone
A former Atlanta police officer who resigned from the police station after an investigation has been arrested for threatening two victims with a gun, stealing cash and an iPhone at a Cobb County hotel. The 22-year-old was wearing a uniform during the robbery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.