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Thieves steal US$300,000 worth of iPhone X units off a UPS truck in San Francisco

By Marcus Wong - on 3 Nov 2017, 11:10am

Thieves steal US$300,000 worth of iPhone X units of a UPS truck in San Francisco

While Apple fans all over the world were camping outside Apple Stores in the hope of scoring a iPhone X of their own, reports from CNET and CBS (San Francisco) say three hooded men took hundreds of iPhone X units directly off a UPS truck parked outside a San Francisco Apple Store.

CBS reports that SFPD Taraval police Captain Rick Yick said, “A witness observed three unidentified suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts exit a white Dodge van.” He continued to say: “It appears the suspects knew what they were looking for.”

Police say at least 300 iPhone X units were stolen from the UPS truck, which means the thieves made off with more than US$300,000 (about S$408,250) worth of merchandize as each iPhone X retails for at least US$999. It’s reported that a janitor was the one who spotted the thieves unloading the phones into a Dodge van, and was able to get a picture to police.

The culprits are still at large as of now, but given that every smartphone is linked to a unique IMEI number, it should be a matter of time till the authorities track them down. As for what this means for customers who were scheduled to pick up their pre-ordered iPhone X at the store, CNET cites a “person familiar with the matter” and says customers who scheduled to pick up their pre-ordered iPhone X at the store will still get their device on time. The fate of walk-in customers, however, remains to be seen.

Sources: 9to5Mac.com, CNET, CBS San Francisco

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