iBurglars Make Off with $163,000 Worth of Apple Products

The Fry's Electronics on Hamilton Avenue was burglarized Wednesday night.


store on Hamilton Avenue was robbed Wednesday night, Campbell Police Capt. Charley Adams said.

Nearly 300 Apple products--iPods, iPads and iPhones--valued at $163,000 were stolen from the electronics store around 12:15 a.m., he said.

According to the police log, at least two, and as many as five suspects pried open the front exit door, pried open the electronics cage and stole numerous iPads, iPhones and iPods.

Investigators believe that these items will likely soon show up for sale on eBay and Craigslist, the Campbell Police Department press release stated.

"This is the largest theft in this location that I know of," Adams said.

According to the police log, the suspects fled to a waiting car on the southbound Hwy. 17 onramp through a hole they had cut in the east fence. The suspects were caught on video returning two more times later in the night to steal more merchandise.

The Campbell Police Department is asking the public to be extremely cautious of purchasing iPads, iPods, and iPhones from individual sellers and locations other than legitimate storefront retail locations, the release stated. The risk of receiving stolen property through individual online sales is high.

"We are making this public notification in an effort to protect the public from involvement in a criminal investigation and from risk of arrest for receiving and possessing stolen property," the release said.

Campbell Police are still investigating this incident, along with Fry’s Loss Prevention and the regional Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team task force, and although it is something police always look into, "there is no evidence that it is an inside job," Adams said.

Anyone with information about this theft may contact the Campbell Police Department Investigations Unit at 408-866-2184.

For those with information whom wish to remain anonymous, information and tips can be provided through the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers Tip line 408-947-STOP (7867).

Luna August 10, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Apple Computer promotes the theft of their products by making it easy for stolen products to be sold. I am planning a class-action lawsuit against apple for their participation in a criminal enterprise. After reporting my MacBook Air stolen and providing a police report to Apple, we later tested them by calling as if we had just purchased the stolen device. We even told Apple that we thought it was stolen. After providing the hot serial number Apple employees offered to help us erase the previous owners data by clearing the hard drive. The Apple legal department refused to work with the police or do anything to help. If you know someone who has been a victim of crime with their Apple product please contact: apple_lawsuit@secretwatchdog.com Thank you
Mayra Flores de Marcotte August 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Yikes! Thanks for sharing Luna.
Cherie Barstow August 11, 2012 at 04:23 AM
"The suspects were caught on video returning two more times later in the night to steal more merchandise." Wow! How is that possible? Didn't police respond and secure the premises after the first break? It doesn't mention that the thieves disabled the alarms or anything but maybe that's exactly what they did... Either that or Fry's is just waaaaayyyy too trusting and didn't even have alarms?!
Reggie Williams August 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Fried Electronics failed to have security camera's installed and running? I'm wondering if someone in the store worked with criminals to pull this one off.
Jeffrey Manning August 17, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Look at the suspects in the video. All 3 are wearing black shoes and black or grey slacks like you would wear at working at Fry's. 2 are wearing either a white dress shirt or a blue dress shirt tucked in like you would wear at working at Fry's. No one is wearing jeans and everyone is covering up the shirt they have under their jacket. No T-Shirts, hoodies sweaters etc. just covering up their shirts underneath. Of course it was an inside job. the suspects are easily hiding the obvious.


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