Two More Arrests In String Of NorCal Apple Store Robberies

Customers wait in line outside of the Apple Store at the Garden State Plaza on the day the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were released Friday Sept. 21 2018 in Paramus N.J

Roseville police arrested three men earlier this month in connection with the robberies after the Apple store at the Westfield Galleria mall had three reported theft incidents in a span of five days.

The two robberies at the Palo Alto Apple store comes after last week's launch of the iPhone XS and super premium iPhone XS Max which attracted higher than average enthusiasts to Apple stores through the weekend.

Seventeen people have been arrested and charged for a robbery scheme targeting Apple retail stores across the state that resulted in the loss of more than $1 million, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday.

Attorney General Becerra said, these large-scale networks of thieves "cost California business owners millions", and that consumers end up paying for it.

On Tuesday, police arrested seven adults and another is now being held at a detention center in Sonoma County.

FILE The new Apple iPhone 7 is displayed at the Apple Store at the Grove in Los Angeles
FILE The new Apple iPhone 7 is displayed at the Apple Store at the Grove in Los Angeles

On Friday, Alameda County released the names of 10 suspects in total in custody and scheduled to make a court appearance.

The crimes allegedly took place across 19 counties.

Bottom line: Law enforcement officials in California are still investigating the matter but already have eight people in custody and have issued arrest warrants for nine others. Some stores were hit multiple times. It is unclear if the suspects in the SLO Apple Store robberies have been charged in the statewide case. "We will continue our work with local law enforcement authorities to extinguish this mob mentality and prosecute these criminals to hold them accountable".

Becerra said the arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by Oakland and San Luis Obispo police, with the assistance of the California Department of Justice's eCrime Unit.

Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick described those accused as being part of a "large criminal ring".

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