Crime blotter: Illinois man sentenced for six-figure iPhone theft

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In the latest Apple Crime Blotter, multiple crimes are solved by chasing AirPods, an iPad recovering a bee balloon and accusing an NYPD officer of stealing AirPods.

The latest in a sequel AppleInsider Series dealing with the world of Apple-related crimes.

Illinois man jailed for five years for massive iPhone theft

A 30-year-old Illinois man was sentenced to five years in prison in mid-October for involvement in a scheme that stole between $500,000 and $1 million to use his company’s funds to steal iPhones buy and then sell them.

The man had been working in IT for a facility support services company during the commission of the thefts, which took place between 2019 and 2021. He had pleaded guilty in September.

Arrest warrant issued for theft of 65 iPhones in North Carolina in June

Authorities in Durham, NC are searching for a man allegedly involved in the armed robbery of an AT&T store in June. Corresponding CBS 17The man pointed a gun at employees and took 65 iPhones from the store. He forced employees to lie on the floor and even got a store employee to help him carry the stolen iPhones to the car.

The warrant also said the man’s car was seen days later at the scene of a second robbery of a T-Mobile store.

The “Baby Bee” balloon Joelly, a popular attraction, was stolen in early October. But an iPad was instrumental in recovering the balloon.

KOAT reports that the truck carrying the balloon was stolen from an Albuquerque hotel. But because an iPad was left in the truck, police were able to trace it to a location in southwest Albuquerque.

The balloon returned to flight shortly thereafter.

NYPD cop accused of stealing AirPods from restaurant manager

An inexperienced police officer from the New York City Police Department was accused of stealing a pair of AirPods from the manager of a Manhattan restaurant and was caught on camera.

Corresponding The New York Post, the 36-year-old officer was charged with petty theft and criminal possession of stolen property. The arrest was followed by an investigation into internal affairs.

AirPods track thieves after bachelorette party break-in

A group of 13 women were throwing a ‘hen do’ – a bachelorette party – in Spain when a gang stole their €50,000 worth of belongings. The sun reports that the women used Find My iPhone to track stolen AirPods that belonged to one of them. They shared the story on TikTok:

AirPods are helping solve crimes in three states

A 51-year-old man was arrested in Georgia in early October after being accused of breaking into cars in Kentucky, and AirPods he took were pursued in several states.

Corresponding The Times TribuneThe man’s crimes also included stealing an Enterprise rental car in Tennessee, which he both painted and changed the keys for. He was caught following a chase in the woods after being recognized at a Walmart and additionally charged with public intoxication.

Woman shares messages from man who has friend’s stolen phone

An iPhone stolen from someone in the UK has turned up in Nigeria – and whoever has the phone now has texted friends of the owner asking for information to unlock it. Legit writes that the person sending the SMS is unlikely to be the original thief, but rather someone who later bought the phone.

Man wanted for ‘access device fraud’ at Apple Store in Pennsylvania

Police in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, are investigating what they call an “access device scam” at the Apple Store in Park City Center on September 23 Crime Watch PAthe man stole a Chase credit card and bought two 16-inch MacBook Pros from the store.

He then attempted to use the same card, plus another belonging to the same victim, to purchase two $2,000 Apple gift cards.

AirPods used in shirt theft

Also in Lancaster County, police say a group of thieves “communicated through Apple AirPods” during a theft of more than $1,000 worth of shirts from a Vineyard Vines store. Local 21 News The same group reportedly tried to rob the same store a second time, but were stopped by employees there.

Three iPhones stolen in Boost Mobile heist in Miami

A man took three iPhones from a Boost Mobile store in northwest Miami-Dade in early October, prompting the store’s manager to give chase. Per WSVNEmployees suspect the same thief was responsible for other recent thefts, including at other Boost Mobile stores.

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