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Thieves Clean Out Apple Store in Half a Minute

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This is what happens when you leave fully operational, untethered laptops out on display overnight.

ABC has security footage from the recently looted Apple store in Marlton, NJ. The 2 a.m. raid took place earlier this week and lasted all of 31 seconds. Now, half a minute isn't exactly a long time when you're trying to steal electronics from a store, especially one with CCTV cameras and a security guard that does regular rounds. However, it looks like 31 seconds is plenty of time if the electronics you plan on stealing are plugged into handy-dandy magsafe adapters and nothing else.

Hit the link below to watch the video that shows five guys chuck a brick through the glass door, rush in and collect 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPod Touches. The on-duty security guard rushes onto the empty crime scene moments after the suspects have left, though the reporter does say the thieves motioned to him that they had a gun, so we're not exactly sure he can be blamed for staying out of the whole thing.

Watch the video here.

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    warezme , September 3, 2009 3:37 PM
    LOL! I thought this would be about thieves cleaning out the game section of the Mac store...., (all two titles)
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    fogartini , September 3, 2009 3:59 PM
    "Savvy" would have been breaking the glass window with an exploding ipod grenade
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    foody , September 3, 2009 4:47 PM
    I thought Macs were the most secure computers in the world
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  • 37 Hide
    warezme , September 3, 2009 3:37 PM
    LOL! I thought this would be about thieves cleaning out the game section of the Mac store...., (all two titles)
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    grieve , September 3, 2009 3:38 PM
    Am I the only one that gets a zoomed picture on this instead of Vid? 31 Seconds... thats a good take.


    "Hit the link below to watch the video that shows five guys chuck a brick through the glass door, rush in and collect 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPod Touches."
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    JohnnyLucky , September 3, 2009 3:38 PM
    WOW! That was fast!
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    grieve , September 3, 2009 3:39 PM
    Oh nice... I just saw the "watch Video here" link LOL!
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    grieve , September 3, 2009 3:46 PM
    OMG the commentary on the Video is funny...

    "Skilled practice @ the art of bringing down the plate glass door"
    "Savvy enough to wear masks knowing there would be cameras"

    It's just a bunch of thugs, The guard let them do it, perhaps he was in on it. Throw a large heavy chunk of cement/porcelain through the window and snag everything. Not exactly crime of the century....
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    Camikazi , September 3, 2009 3:47 PM
    "Watch again the as the thieves show skilled practice at the art of bringing down that plate glass door." I didn't know it took skill or practice to break those, here I thought all you needed was a brick and a good arm to break them :p 
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    tayb , September 3, 2009 3:47 PM
    That's a really good haul. 23 Macbook Pro's, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPod touches? They probably ran out of that store with $40,000+ in loot and it only took them 31 seconds. They planned that pretty well. Knew to wear masks, which machines to take, where the security guard would be, and the quickest way to get in and out.
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    Camikazi , September 3, 2009 3:49 PM
    Ok, am wondering did it take "Skill", "Savvy" and "Practice" cause it was an upscale Apple store and those can't have average thugs robbing them?
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    IzzyCraft , September 3, 2009 3:49 PM
    "handy-dandy magsafe adapters"
    yeah but this way they didn't get tripped up tiring to unplug all the power blocks from the laptops.

    The video kept saying they are pros...
    Hardly more like they are one of the few criminals that had a game plan and took protection against the obvious like all wearing sweaters and masks with hoods and gloves to conceal every bit of their identity from the cameras.

    Also really that store had only plate glass windows when it closed, it's a mall and it doesn't at least have gates that go down.

    That place must be really trusting nothing was tethered down in anyways even after closing?!? Must be against the apple look can't harsh their vibe.
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    tayb , September 3, 2009 3:51 PM
    I don't think the guard let them do it, he just didn't stop them. When it boils down to it the security guard at a place like this is a deterrent, he/she isn't the police. At a jewelry store the guy is armed and will shoot your ass but at a place like an Apple store he isn't going to do much. The video said they motioned that they were armed so if I am the security guard I'm not risking my life to protect some merchandise, not when I'm outnumbered five to one and they might be armed. No way.
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    fogartini , September 3, 2009 3:59 PM
    "Savvy" would have been breaking the glass window with an exploding ipod grenade
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    balister , September 3, 2009 4:29 PM
    taybI don't think the guard let them do it, he just didn't stop them. When it boils down to it the security guard at a place like this is a deterrent, he/she isn't the police. At a jewelry store the guy is armed and will shoot your ass but at a place like an Apple store he isn't going to do much. The video said they motioned that they were armed so if I am the security guard I'm not risking my life to protect some merchandise, not when I'm outnumbered five to one and they might be armed. No way.



    But then if you did get involved and got killed your next of kin may get a new ipod touch and a form saying that they couldn't discuss the situation without penalty of being sued in court.
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2009 4:39 PM
    the security guard did his job.
    when I read the article I thought they meant they only took maglite adapters I was like that's hilarious that's like a little kid stealing gum...but then they took more than that so they'll probably get more serious charges.
    thinking about it...it should be interesting how they plan to sell the stuff and not get caught I mean...iphones have tracking and I'm unfamilar with the rest. I guess they'll lay low for a while certainly can sell off craigslist/ebay...and I'm not sure it's safe for them to personally use. personally I like the macbook air more but it's not worth as much. I bet they weren't armed because they left so quickly. though it is not the job of the mall guard to risk his life to save macbooks...now if they were pcs....haha j/k
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2009 4:40 PM
    the security guard did his job.
    when I read the article I thought they meant they only took maglite adapters I was like that's hilarious that's like a little kid stealing gum...but then they took more than that so they'll probably get more serious charges.
    thinking about it...it should be interesting how they plan to sell the stuff and not get caught I mean...iphones have tracking and I'm unfamilar with the rest. I guess they'll lay low for a while certainly can sell off craigslist/ebay...and I'm not sure it's safe for them to personally use. personally I like the macbook air more but it's not worth as much. I bet they weren't armed because they left so quickly. though it is not the job of the mall guard to risk his life to save macbooks...now if they were pcs....haha j/k
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    foody , September 3, 2009 4:47 PM
    I thought Macs were the most secure computers in the world
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    zelannii , September 3, 2009 4:55 PM
    It'll be funny to see how many of those macs had in-store activated .mac accounts and if they might be traced.

    Either way, every pawn shop in a several state area will be notified of every missing serial number. Without power adapters, these things are hard to pawn anyway.

    I'll keep reading to see if they get nabbed in the next few days.
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2009 4:59 PM
    Apple robs people all day long, I can't be arsed to feel sorry for them TBH
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    ckthecerealkiller , September 3, 2009 5:00 PM
    Security fail
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    ssalim , September 3, 2009 5:03 PM
    They should have better security (not person but gate) in the first place if they value their stuff.
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    ckthecerealkiller , September 3, 2009 5:05 PM
    grieveThe guard let them do it, perhaps he was in on it.


    Guards are told not to stop anyone that would be able to overpower them. If someone pulls a knife and you can't defend against it, they would rather just pay for the item(s)stolen, then the item(s) plus your hospital bill.
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