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  • Paranoia Looms After Apple Store Shoppers Targeted By Follow Home Thieves


    A story first reported by the LA Times last week has resurfaced again today with additional - but unverified - reports emerging that some Apple Store shoppers are being followed home by would-be thieves. According to the initial report, approximately one hundred recent burglaries have been linked to individuals who just returned from shopping trips to Apple's retail stores in and around Los Angeles.

    The blogosphere has begun buzzing again this week with reports of "suspicious characters" similarly following home Apple shoppers - but now such reports have begun appearing outside of Los Angeles. Are these reports legit or just instances of paranoia taking hold after the recent wave of "follow-home" burglaries. After all, for now, there haven't been widespread cases of similar burglaries elsewhere, only "concerns" that a comparable crime wave could impact other metropolitan communities.

    From the LA Times:

    Last month, the Orange County district attorney's office charged three Los Angeles residents -- Garzon Diaz, Louis Lopez and John Rodriguez -- with burglary and grand theft in connection with 28 cases in which thieves broke into vehicles and stole computers from customers who had visited Apple retail stores.
    Last year, there was no shortage of attempted burglaries at physical Apple Stores around the country. While most were foiled and led to arrests, some law enforcement officials suspect that since the retail outlets have proven difficult to penetrate by thieves, customers may be the next best option for burglarizing - particularly those that leave an Apple Store carrying a large and potentially expensive package.

    But law enforcement officials said despite the arrests in Orange County, they believe these follow-away burglaries are the work of a larger ring that has taken more than 100 computers in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.
    For now, paranoia seems to be taking hold more than concrete evidence of a widespread or growing problem. But anyone shopping at Apple or a similar electronics outlet should always be mindful of their surroundings and take necessary precautions to reduce the likelihood of being followed and consequently victimized.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Paranoia Looms After Apple Store Shoppers Targeted By Follow Home Thieves started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I will put my Apple product in a Target bag and just in case, bring a weapon.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      Please follow me home, break into my house! Unless the laws have changed I can legally kill you in Texas in my house. Lots of aggression I need to take out!
      texas has the coolest laws. dont they also give out a handgun for every bottle of liquor purchased? wait that was family guy
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      texas has the coolest laws. dont they also give out a handgun for every bottle of liquor purchased? wait that was family guy
      Yep, I stop by the liquor store, grab a bottle of scotch,(take a large shot) go next door to the Shoot Shack,(take a large shot of scotch) buy a gun, (take a large shot of scotch), run next door to the Apple store (take a large shot of scotch).
      Buy a mac or something I cant afford but damn it I love it and cant help it and am now drunk and pissed...(take a large shot of scotch)
      Go ahead, follow me home! stagger, stagger (take a large shot of scotch)
    1. jdonn2009's Avatar
      jdonn2009 -
      Apples next device....

      THE iGlock with touchflow technology!!!!!!!
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      @kartracer-you've obviously never seen what a .380 ACP can do to a kneecap. No one short of Sam Fisher is gonna do anything but lay on the ground howling once that bullet blasts thru.
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      No matter how we look at it this really sux. Hopefully things get better before they get worse.
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      Yep, I stop by the liquor store, grab a bottle of scotch,(take a large shot) go next door to the Shoot Shack,(take a large shot of scotch) buy a gun, (take a large shot of scotch), run next door to the Apple store (take a large shot of scotch).
      Buy a mac or something I cant afford but damn it I love it and cant help it and am now drunk and pissed...(take a large shot of scotch)
      Go ahead, follow me home! stagger, stagger (take a large shot of scotch)
      replace scotch with some bourbon and that's more like Texas...
    1. nktrnl's Avatar
      nktrnl -
      Its easier to defend your self in court against a dead body, then a wounded "victim" (criminal). Shoot to kill.

      Just this weekend my house was robbed. Took a freshly jailbroken iphone that I was going to give to my wife and my touch, among ALLOT of other things. Even though I can replace every thing that was stolen. It still just takes allot out of you. Now every day I go to work, Im thinking about my house. This Saturday, Im going to miss a first birthday party because Im paranoid about leaving the house vacant at night, (we were robbed last Saturday night). I cant sleep well, my body is all stressed. Its starting to affect my work. In fact I took today off because I need to change all my bank accounts. I almost had a break down the other day when I was talking to a friend, he asked if anyone was home. Then I just started thinking about what if my father in law was here watching my 14 month old daughter and they got hurt.
      Sorry for the rant.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nktrnl View Post
      Its easier to defend your self in court against a dead body, then a wounded "victim" (criminal). Shoot to kill.

      Just this weekend my house was robbed. Took a freshly jailbroken iphone that I was going to give to my wife and my touch, among ALLOT of other things. Even though I can replace every thing that was stolen. It still just takes allot out of you. Now every day I go to work, Im thinking about my house. This Saturday, Im going to miss a first birthday party because Im paranoid about leaving the house vacant at night, (we were robbed last Saturday night). I cant sleep well, my body is all stressed. Its starting to affect my work. In fact I took today off because I need to change all my bank accounts. I almost had a break down the other day when I was talking to a friend, he asked if anyone was home. Then I just started thinking about what if my father in law was here watching my 14 month old daughter and they got hurt.
      Sorry for the rant.
      If someone breaks into my home, and threatens my kids (a son and twin girls)..thats their swan song. I hear what ur saying about to shoot to kill, and if I didn't live in the most liberal state in the lower 48, I'd agree whole heartedly. Unfortunately where I reside, giving a potential robber (not home invader) exactly what he deserves (a double tap) is frowned upon...
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Note to self - don't leave big expensive apple product unattended.

      Haha I don't shop at the malls in LA city anyways. And the LA county malls I go to don't have apple stores. It's all about Orange County malls haha.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by creasy425 View Post
      If someone breaks into my home, and threatens my kids (a son and twin girls)..thats their swan song. I hear what ur saying about to shoot to kill, and if I didn't live in the most liberal state in the lower 48, I'd agree whole heartedly. Unfortunately where I reside, giving a potential robber (not home invader) exactly what he deserves (a double tap) is frowned upon...:

      Here in TX you can double tap the moment they place a toe on your property.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Same in FL, plus I gots my CCW, so back tha F- off me and my apples!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      There was a story here a couple months ago where some dudes were breaking into this guys toolbox on his truck. He ran out shot one of them, then chased the one fleeing in a car and shot him from the street. He didn't get in trouble. You don't mess with someone's property here.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      @stealthbravo-I might hate the cowboys, but I love the hell out of the laws in Texas.

      @melech-in florida people get tactical backup to help stop criminals.......lucky floridians!!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      lol @ left coast
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      shoot them but dont kill them leave them, to bleed, go to jail and have a scar to remind them of their stupidity
    1. nktrnl's Avatar
      nktrnl -
      So we had the cops come by the other day to full out more paperwork, my wife knew the officer. He said there is this one guy that I known and targets big screen tv's (we had a 46" & 52" stolen). Late dec they had him in custody, and most of the robberies stopped in our area. They had a witness, but they didn't want to testafiy so the had to let him go. Right after he go out the robberies went up again a week or so before my house got hit. The wife was totaly against me owning a gun, but now she's some what thinking about it. F'n crooks! And yeah my state frowns against it too, but I'll take my chances.