A major theft ring connected to Apple’s physical retail stores has taken a hit, as more than a dozen people have been arrested.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced on Thursday that law enforcement has arrested 17 people in connection to the theft ring. According to the announcement, the thieves stole from physical retail stores in 19 different counties. The network of thieves apparently grabbed upwards of $1 million worth of goods from those retail stores.
They were able to do this by wearing hooded sweatshirts and running into the Apple Stores in a mob of individuals. In the flurry of shock and awe they would grab the devices that were on display and then escape with them. Attorney General Becerra said, these large-scale networks of thieves “cost California business owners millions”, and that consumers end up paying for it.
As it stands right now, the law enforcement agencies connected to the investigation have arrested seven people tied to the ring of thieves. One additional person is in custody in Sonoma County as well. Arrest warrants have been issued for nine other individuals in connection with the network.