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  • Thieves Steal 2,000,000 of iPhones in Belgium


    In a daring heist, thieves took anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 iPhones from a warehouse in Belgium, with a street value of up to 2 million euro, or $3 million US. The robbers may be foiled, however: wireless carrier Mobistar, for whom the phones were intended, say they have a list of all the serial numbers and that they will block the phones from accessing their network.

    The thieves climbed a fire ladder to the roof of a warehouse owned by CEVA Logistics, a Netherlands-based logistics company in Willebroek, Belgium. They then cut a hole in the roof of the large building directly above where the iPhones were located. Reports in the De Standaard newspaper suggested the thieves knew about iPhone delivery and storage location details, and that the robbery may have been an inside job.

    Mobistar, which has had problems keeping the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in stock, is reportedly in an urgent search for more devices before inventory runs low. With the holiday season coming, the breakin could prove costly to the carrier's business. Mobistar has prepared for a large number of devices coming onto the black market by blocking them from accessing the Mobistar network. However, the strong likelihood is that these phones will be unlocked before they are sold.

    Police say they have no leads.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Thieves Steal 3,000,000 of iPhones in Belgium started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 101 Comments
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Stealth-I think they are on to us...
    1. IUiPodRepair's Avatar
      IUiPodRepair -
      Can't you downgrade to the 1.XX firmware, change your IMEI and then upgrade to a 3.X.X firmware?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by IUiPodRepair View Post
      Can't you downgrade to the 1.XX firmware, change your IMEI and then upgrade to a 3.X.X firmware?
      No.
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      When I saw this on Twitter " Thieves Steal 3,000,000 of iPhones in Belgium " I thought they had stolen 3 million iphones and not $3 million dollars worth of iphones .
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Someone is going to make a killing.
    1. iMister's Avatar
      iMister -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Of course they have no leads!
      Otherwise they wouldn't be wireless phones.....
      I was thinking more on the lines of.......


      Police have no leads...... Well they cant connect the phones to itunes then....

      Buddum Tish.....

      I'll get my coat....
    1. hornet18's Avatar
      hornet18 -
      damn...
    1. rob777's Avatar
      rob777 -
      In Australia if a iPhone gets stolen the owner or network provider can very easily block the imei. This imei blocking is now worldwide, I'm pretty sure. It then becomes absolutely useless to anyone anywhere in the world. There is no way to unblock unless your the original owner.They will stay imei blocked for 2 years.

      For example I was buying US 3G iPhones to unlock and sell is Australia, several I bought were stolen in the US and imei was blocked by AT&T rendering them absolutely useless in Australia, even with them jailbroken and unlocked. There doesn't seem to be any knowledge from itunes though when you are using a imei blocked iPhone, it doesn't seem to care there.

      If this happened in Australia they would be worthless but being in Belgium and maybe Europe having much more relaxed laws between the providers on imei number ownership maybe they are still work 3MILL!!
    1. iphonesolutionz's Avatar
      iphonesolutionz -
      Mad props, ya someone just made it out of a recession on top of the game. Now if someone would just take down some m$ products that would be even better.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      !!! Damn! They lost a crap load of money. I won't be surprised if it appears as an auction item. What the heck is their problem?
    1. vish4488's Avatar
      vish4488 -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlos916 View Post
      ok... So were can i get one of these phones???!!
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      of course they have no leads!
      Otherwise they wouldn't be wireless phones.....
      Quote Originally Posted by melech518 View Post
      stealth-i think they are on to us...

      lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!xd
    1. SL4VE's Avatar
      SL4VE -
      do you think the thieves could be reading this post to see how to unblock them or could it even be the guy who goes around offering 10k to people lol
    1. Dajokeisonu's Avatar
      Dajokeisonu -
      Lmfao!!!
    1. Deimos8988's Avatar
      Deimos8988 -
      lol i was just thinking that i bet the people who stole the phone prolly come to this site and are like "dang a articale about us"
    1. Dajokeisonu's Avatar
      Dajokeisonu -
      I find this so funny there prob like oh its those mofos from modmyi they stole them all LMFAO
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      It was Santa, he's short of Christmas presents this year
    1. Dajokeisonu's Avatar
      Dajokeisonu -
      Im sure apple is thrilled
    1. disturbedreaper's Avatar
      disturbedreaper -
      Title FaIL look at the top of the browser it should say $3,000,000 not (Euro symbol)3,000,000. I don't no how to type the symbol.
    1. Topper80's Avatar
      Topper80 -
      Wow
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      It was Santa, he's short of Christmas presents this year
      LOL. Great tactics to steal during this time of year. Sucks for the company though. Then again, in a place were you have 4000 iPhones and they all end up stolen...

      Security = EPIC FAIL