Last night, amid New Year’s Eve revelry, armed and masked robbers looted Apple’s Paris store, taking more than one million euros’ worth of merchandise.
According to French daily Le Monde, the burglary involved four men, who overpowered and injured an Apple store janitor during the break-in.
The robbers entered the store at 9 p.m., forcing their way into a back entrance as the janitor was leaving. The store was closed but remained lit.
Store staff and the prefect of police are still taking inventory and assessing the total damages, including how much was stolen. So far, we know that display units were left untouched; the robbers spent around a half hour loading up boxes of inventory from the stockroom into a nearby truck.
Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve turned out to be the perfect time for such a crime. As Christophe Crépin, a representative of the French police, told press, “Since the essential bulk of police forces were mobilized to patrol the Champs-Elysées, the thieves clearly profited from the opportunity to make their move.”
Another high-profile Apple heist occurred just before the holidays. On November 12, a few pallets of iPad minis were stolen from a cargo building at JFK Airport in New York. The haul was worth around $1.5 million; police suspected it was an inside job and arrested a JFK worker a few days later.
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