$1 million Apple heist: Paris Apple store robbed on New Year’s Eve

By on Jan 2, 2013 in Business, Europe, Technology Comments

A so-called $1 million Apple heist occurred on Monday, December 31, 2012 (New Year’s Eve) inside an Apple store in Paris, which is being considered as the first major robbery of an Apple store in France. French reports say that an estimated €1 million (or around $1.25 million) worth of Apple products were stolen.

Apple Store Paris

Apple fans falling in line at Apple store behind the
Paris Opera House, during the iPhone 5 launch

Image Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET

According to French news site Le Figaro this Tuesday, January 1, 2013, four armed suspects robbed the Apple store in Paris at around 9:40 p.m. (local time) on Monday, located just behind the Palais Garnier, where the Paris Opera House can be found. The said store was closed three hours before the incident.

As noted in the report, there was no force entry made on the entrance of the store and the masked thieves threatened the security guard and a store worker on the back door. Local authorities will further review the video surveillance of the store and will reveal the exact worth of stolen Apple products.

“An initial estimate worth of over a million euro goods were stolen, but an inventory will immediately be made to determine the exact worth of the lost goods.” A source close to the investigation was quoted at LeFigaro.fr via Google Translate, adding that a team of Paris police is now conducting thorough investigation on the incident.

Apple products have seemed to attract robbers these days. This latest incident of Apple heist follows the report back in mid-November 2012, where two crooks used a fork lift to steal two pallets of Apple iPad mini units, worth $1.5 million from a cargo building in John F. Kennedy airport. They were arrested days later.

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