The iPhone is not only high in demand among consumers, it's also hotly sought-after by criminals who presumably realize the top dollar this device can draw on the black market.
The iPhone 5 has only been un-boxed for a matter of hours, but iPhone 5-related crimes have already been reported on three continents. From the UK to the US and even in Japan, a rash of crimes has been reported with no clear indication that the pattern is about to end.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Japan is where the most elaborate crimes have been committed. "A Softbank Corp store in the western district of Osaka city was wiped clean of its iPhone 5 stock," WSJ reports. All 116 devices were stolen.
Apple said initial sales of the iPhone 5 set a new company record. Pre-orders on the first day topped 2 million units. Since then, Apple has said pre-order customers would have to wait up to one month for a new iPhone to ship.