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$100,000 Worth of iPhone 5s Stolen in Japan

By - Source: WSJ | B 31 comments

Thieves steal 200 iPhones prior to their launch on friday.

It would be quite an understatement to say people were excited for the recent iPhone 5 launch. With record breaking sales and lines starting eight days before release, Apple's latest phone is a hot commodity.

So hot, in fact, that several thieves in Japan have stolen over $100,000 worth of devices just hours before the product released to the public. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, approximately two hundred iPhone 5 devices were taken from retail stores in Osaka, Japan.

Three phone stores were hit in the early hours last Friday, with seventy-five iPhone 5s taken from two KDDI "au" brand retail stores and 116 devices stolen from a Softbank store.

Surprisingly, the robberies were anything but amateur, with the Softbank thieves stealing all 116 devices in less than four minutes. According to the report, the thieves broke into a locked back room at 4:24 a.m. and were out of the store by 4:28 a.m.

Japan wasn't the only place to fall victim to iPhone 5 burglaries. Approximately 250 handsets were also taken from an O2 store in London. All robberies are still under investigation, but it's unclear how or if pre-order customers are being compensated for the trouble.

 

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    teh_chem , September 25, 2012 12:25 PM
    $100,000 sounds like a lot of money. But then when you find out it's only 200 iPhones, you realize again just how expensive some phones are.
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    house70 , September 25, 2012 11:38 AM
    Inside job.
    These customers will have to wait. No, there is no compensation.
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    Onus , September 25, 2012 12:49 PM
    teh_chem$100,000 sounds like a lot of money. But then when you find out it's only 200 iPhones, you realize again just how overpriced some phones are.

    There, fixed.
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  • 16 Hide
    house70 , September 25, 2012 11:38 AM
    Inside job.
    These customers will have to wait. No, there is no compensation.
  • 11 Hide
    ewood , September 25, 2012 11:42 AM
    ^^ yeah i agree. not like they lost data or anything. they didnt get a phone on the first day... bummer
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    cats_Paw , September 25, 2012 11:59 AM
    -"Looks like apple units were stolen in Japan, and that i was an inside job"
    -"Looks like apple is gonna patent sue themsleves"- Horatio Cane - CSI YEHAAAAA
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    elmagnifico , September 25, 2012 12:09 PM
    Publicity stunt.
  • 24 Hide
    teh_chem , September 25, 2012 12:25 PM
    $100,000 sounds like a lot of money. But then when you find out it's only 200 iPhones, you realize again just how expensive some phones are.
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    toddybody , September 25, 2012 12:36 PM
    Damn, the iPhone 5s is already out?
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    Onus , September 25, 2012 12:46 PM
    Misleading title. $100,000 price of iPhones were stolen. Their "worth" is entirely subjective. In my case, I might risk $20 on one to see how I'd like it compared to my Droid 2 (some coworkers have iPhones, and they're nothing special).
    OTOH, true Apple drones might pay $2K for one; so this could be anywhere from 50 to 5000 iPhones stolen.
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    Onus , September 25, 2012 12:49 PM
    teh_chem$100,000 sounds like a lot of money. But then when you find out it's only 200 iPhones, you realize again just how overpriced some phones are.

    There, fixed.
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    spat55 , September 25, 2012 12:50 PM
    Good luck to them, but I do wonder wherever this is a stunt like the other guy said, they can then blame that slightly for the low production numbers. But good luck to the guys that stolen them, at least it wasn't grandma around the corner, and they only stolen off of people who can afford it, and rip people off!
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    teh_chem , September 25, 2012 12:50 PM
    jtt283Their "worth" is entirely subjective.

    Love to see that used in court. "But your honor, these devices are worthless to me, so technically I didn't steal anything...!"
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    memadmax , September 25, 2012 12:59 PM
    Dumb thieves following the dumb iSheeple.
    Both are racing to the bottom of the intelligence chain...
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    The_Trutherizer , September 25, 2012 1:00 PM
    At least nobody has sold a kidney yet.
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    The_Trutherizer , September 25, 2012 1:00 PM
    That we know of...
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    memadmax , September 25, 2012 1:00 PM
    blah blah blah blah...
    Hey toms, add a "delete post" button ya?
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    xxyyzz , September 25, 2012 1:40 PM
    Quote:
    $100,000 Worth of iPhone 5s Stolen in Japan

    so that's 4 iPhones, right?
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    belardo , September 25, 2012 1:47 PM
    Because of their ID #, if those phones are used in Japan or UK - they could be tracked down... but if sold in other countries...

    they are a loss... to apple. They didn't feel it.
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    Avro Arrow , September 25, 2012 2:16 PM
    memadmaxDumb thieves following the dumb iSheeple. Both are racing to the bottom of the intelligence chain...

    As much as I agree with you (I am personally allergic to "apples"), these thieves know that there are a bunch of morons who will pay whatever for a phone with that "almighty apple" symbol on it. I find that women specifically buy these things because they're "pretty". Thieves don't generally use what they steal, they fence it and iPhones will catch a hefty sum due to idiotic consumerism.

    Personally, I wouldn't bat an eyelid if Apple goes the way of Steve Jobs, extinct.
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    Camikazi , September 25, 2012 2:23 PM
    memadmaxDumb thieves following the dumb iSheeple. Both are racing to the bottom of the intelligence chain...

    Actually the thieves are the smart ones, you don't steal things that won't sell that would be stupid you steal tings that will sell and a smart thief knows that iPhones will sell. You don't have to like what you are selling you just have to peddle what will make you money.
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    hellfire24 , September 25, 2012 2:45 PM
    now that's advertisement.
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    dauntekong , September 25, 2012 2:55 PM
    So this is how Apple makes their 5 million mark....
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