The Emeryville PD sent a Nixle alert yesterday for another ‘grab & run’ robbery at the Bay Street Emeryville Apple Store. This was at least the fourth incident of this type in a one month span.
Today at about 12:23PM, a group of 6-8 subjects committed a grab and run theft at the Apple Store in Emeryville. The suspects fled with an unknown amount of Apple products. The investigation is ongoing.
On August 25th, a resident reported being witness to one of these incidents on Nextdoor.com. Since then, there have been similar incidents reported on September 4th & 12th. Phone carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T have also reportedly been targets of these type of thefts.
The m.o. of the robberies typically involves a group of young men dressed in hoodies and sneakers who swarm the store, collect as much merchandise as they can carry, and jump into an awaiting getaway vehicle.
Just a thank you to the Emeryville Apple employees and security guards that stood in front of my 2 year old and myself as a wall while there store was robbed by snatch and go criminals. Surreal to see it happen in front of you. 9/25 at 1:20pm.#apple #emeryville #applestore
— Chad Isbell (@isbell_chad) September 25, 2018
A witness of the incident commended the staff of the store for ‘walling off’ customers, including his two-year old son, from the thieves. Twitter user Cassie Arnold captured a display table of empty charging docks where phones have been yanked or cut from their security cables.
Stopped by the Apple Store in Emeryville yesterday right after it had been robbed ???? pic.twitter.com/EO8z0byI6j
— Cassie Arnold (@cassiearnold) September 26, 2018
Apple began stocking the recently released iPhone Xs models on September 21st. The display models can be disabled remotely but can still have value on the black market or can be disassembled and their parts sold oversees.
Apple security will not engage the thieves to avoid escalation or injury to bystanders. There have been situations where the thieves were confronted by good samaritans and caught including last week in Santa Rosa.
— JC (@GoonerYoda) September 23, 2018
Technology products aren’t exclusive to these crimes as thirteen Lululemon stores have robbed in the Bay Area in the past 12 days including the Berkeley store.
Update: KRON4 is reporting that several arrests were made in Oakland today in connection with Apple Store thefts and the DOJ is expected to provide additional information on Thursday.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Emeryville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section at (510) 596-3700.