Skip to comments.Car Smashes Into Apple Store In Berkeley; Apple Products Stolen
Posted on 05/10/2014 11:15:46 AM PDT by nickcarraway
A suspect smashed a car into an Apple store in Berkeley early Friday morning and made off with merchandise, police said.
Berkeley police responded around 2:52 a.m. to a report of an alarm from the Apple store at 1823 Fourth St. and discovered a car inside the store surrounded by glass debris.
Officers checked the vehicle and found it was empty, but noticed signs of prowl inside the business.
Officers conducted a search of the business but did not find any suspects. An investigation revealed that several Apple products were stolen, including several laptops and iPhone.
McDonald's Tests Seasoned French Fries in U.S. AppleInsider.com posted pictures of the aftermath of the crash, which showed that the car aimed at the store's front doors, damaging them and the metal security gate.
Based on the information officers have at this point, it appears the suspect deliberately drove the vehicle into the store in order to burglarize the business. The store remained closed today as workers tried to repair the damage.A suspect drove through the glass windows of the Apple store in Berkeley early Friday morning, May 9, 2014, and made off with store merchandise, police said. Apple store burglary in Berkeley. Photo courtesy Berkeleyside/Mickey Novello
Some Apple store employees could be seen helping customers with Genius Bar appointments on the sidewalk. A few customers described the burglary as "brazen."
"This is not the kind of crime we normally see for sure in Berkeley, in this part of Berkeley, it's definitely disappointing," said Berkeley resident Pam Gray.
Vehicular smash-and-grabs have been reported at other Apple stores around the world, including and the company'sTemecula, Calif., store.
Surveillance video from the Temecula Apple Store shows a BMW smashing into the store's glass doors and plouging down display tables, a man in a mask grabbing as many devices as possible.
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.....”This is not the kind of crime we normally see for sure in Berkeley, in this part of Berkeley, it’s definitely disappointing,” said Berkeley resident Pam Gray.....
Sounds just like the Berkeley mentality at work to me. Gosh darn Amish ping too.
If Microsoft had freestanding stores, they’d be crashing into them out of sheer murderous rage.
“Man Smashes Car Into Windows Store; Returns Products”
And we would have more broken windows
Was this guy after Apple gear, or did he just have the late night munchies?
Must have been an Apple fan boy.
They should have waited till the new iPhone 6 & tablets came out...
Why, it almost sounds as if Berkeley is segregated. How can that be, in such a vaunted vale of progressivity?
the perps were too stupid to turn the auto around....and use a low gear to get back OUT through the gate
grad students very likely!! urinalism! department!
One rotten Apple spoils the whole barrel!!!
There are Microsoft stores, one near me.
Berkeley residents shaking their head over the crime, while looking down at their phones for the cheap merchandise deals on Craig’s List.
Having designed numerous logos over the years, I’ve always thought the semiotics of that Windows logo to be hilariously appropriate. Looks like somebody just flung it in frustration and the panes shattered.
An actual freestanding store instead of a mall kiosk?
The didn’t use sapphire glass for their windows?
Apple, what could you be thinking?
If that were true, why aren’t you there smashing windows right now?
Which costs more, the BMW or the products stolen?
Surely the driver didn’t steal enough stuff to match the price of the car.
The car must be stolen.
Maybe womyn’s studies, black studies, LGBT studies, BWP (beer, wine, and pot) studies.
RIe Awn.... RIte Awn!!
This sort of MO has been going on in the East Bay recently.
Same in MO in a robbery where a car smashed through Macy’s in Walnut Creek not long ago.
Sounds like they need to place some iBollards in front of each store.
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Oh come on!
More sanctimonius pc crap from the mouth of Berkeleytonians.
That neighborhood ,so close to the freeway, is just the type of gentrified place you would see this happening.
They may well have said:”crime in Berkeley”?
“ Well we are just so well educated and above it all.”
Their mentality is up so far up their A**.
Free Apple products are now a human right.
Let’s see the libs at Apple start handing them out to the po’ folk.
Because Windows Sync in my Ford got the BSOD blues and the car is dead.
How could you miss *this* news, inserted bizarrely into the article?
“McDonald’s Tests Seasoned French Fries in U.S.”
Same in MO in a robbery where a car smashed through Macys in Walnut Creek not long ago.
Best Buy got wise to these types of robberies and "thug-proofed" their stores with security bollards a long time ago.
Wait, did you just get back from smashing a car into a McDonald’s?
They couldn’t have gotten much. Very little actual merchandise is in the store area. They have a storeroom separate from the store that is like Fort Knox. That’s where they keep the expensive stuff. Most likely they only made off with a bunch of accessories like phone cases and cables.
And even if they did get some phones and tablets, I'm pretty certain Apple has the capability to brick anything that's been stolen, --after they've located it via GPS.
The nearby MS store was also crashed into by a vehicle, but it was a van, which backed through the front window, the doors swung open, and the masked ne’er-do-wells inside threw out hundreds of unopened Zunes, then they fled in the vehicle.