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.
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.