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iPhone 6 thieves tunnel into warehouse, nab £130,000 of stock


iPhone 6 thieves tunnel into warehouse, nab £130,000 of stock

Chinese authorities have arrested three men suspected of tunnelling into a Beijing warehouse to nab Apple-stamped stock.

The men, apparently discontent with the usual convention of walking into a shop, dug a hole directly into the warehouse, making off with 240 iPhone 6 handsets.

The thieves then sold the haul – valued at somewhere around £130,000 – only to spend the cash on ‘cars, gold, and gambling’, as reported by XinhuaNet News.

One of the men, known only as 'Chang', is an ex-driver for the company that owned the warehouse - a familiarity no doubt capitalised on in the break-in.

The break-in reportedly took place between December 12 and 13, with the thieves having dug a 50cm-wide hole through a wall to gain access.

Police managed to track down the suspects using the serial numbers on the handsets, leading to the recent arrest.

This follows equally amusing iPhone-related news of a man being arrested at the Hong Kong border earlier this month.

The gentleman was noted to have a ‘weird walking posture’, soon revealed to be a result of the fact that he had strapped 94 iPhone 6 units to his body in an effort to smuggle the devices into mainland China.

Related: Google trumps Apple on mobile app count for third year running

This latest round of Apple-stamped handsets marks the first time the firm has launched its devices in China.

Apple saw huge uptake in the country as a result, padding out the company’s coffers and setting a precedent for future fruity smartphone releases.

Hamish Campbell

January 19, 2015, 1:41 pm

Booo, I thought there was a proper tunnel, but they just cut a whole in a wall.


January 19, 2015, 4:08 pm

I talked to someone recently who knew a lawyer representing some diamond thieves who ended up in jail. Apparently his sentiments after the case were that they were really nice, and that he rather wished they'd gotten away with it. Something quite comforting about that I thought, that we're not all fully subscribed to the capitalist consumerist faux-moral status quo.

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