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Apple Store scam: Thieves steal 19 iPhones with this sneaky new trick

Two enterprising thieves stole over $16,000 worth of iPhones from an Apple store in an inventive new scam.

Police report that a man “dressed similarly” to store employees successfully looted the SoHo Apple Store in Manhattan, New York. The uniform-clad thief managed to make away with 19 brand new iPhones, worth a total value of $16,130, as first reported by DNA Info.

The thief, who was dressed in a blue t-shirt with an Apple logo – the standard store uniform – walked into the Apple store repair room at 17:30 on June 1. He picked up 19 iPhones from a drawer and then handed them over to a second thief, who hid the handsets under his shirt. Both of the phoney employees fled the scene, leaving the store staff scratching their heads.

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Police are now investigating the incident, but it’s not the first time this sort of heist has happened. Back in March, the New York Post reported that three thieves – two men and a woman – had swiped dozens of iPhones from another Apple Store in New York in two separate robberies.

The report read:

“A male cohort distracted the real workers, while another acted as a lookout during the heist. A man dressed as a worker walked over to the store’s Genius Bar help desk and snatched handfuls of new iPhone 6s from a storage drawer. He handed the batches off to a female accomplice hiding out in a nearby bathroom, where she stuffed them into a duffel bag.”

Apple has not publicly commented on the robberies.

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