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

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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  • house70
    Inside job.
    These customers will have to wait. No, there is no compensation.
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  • ewood
    ^^ 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
    -"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
    Publicity stunt.
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  • 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 expensive some phones are.
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  • toddybody
    Damn, the iPhone 5s is already out?
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  • Onus
    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
    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
    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
    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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