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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...
01-12-2010, 08:52 AM #1
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.
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.
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01-12-2010, 09:01 AM #2
01-12-2010, 09:29 AM #3
Let me take out my key and turn you on
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01-12-2010, 09:44 AM #4
01-12-2010, 09:52 AM #5
My friend gor robbed this way..HONDA PARTS SPECIALIST!!!
01-12-2010, 09:59 AM #6
hence the reason i carry a gun! take my stuff, i take your life3.0 3g *******
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01-12-2010, 11:24 AM #7
01-12-2010, 11:31 AM #8
Lol @ take your life. I remember when the Wii first came out some kid in my town got a falcon punch while walking home with it. They stole it and his money. The kid was like 13 years old.Android user suffering from iPhone withdraw.
01-12-2010, 11:42 AM #9
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!
01-12-2010, 12:03 PM #10
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01-12-2010, 12:39 PM #12
Killing some potential thief is kinda harsh......kneecapping them on the other hand is totally justified.
01-12-2010, 12:49 PM #13
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01-12-2010, 01:06 PM #14
01-12-2010, 01:11 PM #15
Oh no, the Concealed Weapons debate all over again....
First, Once I leave the Apple store I go straight home always to make sweet love to my new iDevice
Second, These thieves have StealthBravo written all over it
01-12-2010, 03:35 PM #16
it's just like following someone from an expensive botique or jewlery store, only difference is a sealed or new apple is much easier to sell for a premium than a diamond. plus walking out of an apple store makes it easy to tell if you got something small or something very valuable.
01-12-2010, 04:25 PM #17
This has happened alot at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta over the past few months. I wish someone would try and rob me. I'd do what the corrupt justice system in this country won't, punish the criminal and not the victim.
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01-12-2010, 05:22 PM #18
01-12-2010, 05:26 PM #19
I can't believe what society has turned into..
"Its just stuff!"
No, its not. How do you pay for your stuff? You worked for the money to buy your stuff, so when something is stolen, they stole a piece of your life.
Your $200 iPhone? Making $20/hr, thats more than 10 hours of your life. Then the time to earn money to replace it
People need to quit giving in and fight back. Most criminals contiune what they do because there is a very small percentage of people that will actually do anything. They know if they get caught (which is rarely) its a slap on the wrist!
fyi, most "criminals" out there, don't carry a weapon on them, they rely on look and acting tough.
I'm getting carried away, I hate people who would rather get **** on then stand up and do whatevers nessacary to stop people.
Pretty simple, you don't need a gun or a knife. Go with a couple friends. A criminal would go after granny walking out with a Macbook Pro before 3 25 year old guys with macbooks.
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01-12-2010, 05:34 PM #20
The problem is people are not standing up to scum like this. Thieves are empowered by a people that allow themselves to be violated. Funnily enough I'm the only person in my neighborhood that has a Kimber .45 doorbell. Or at least I think so, and that's the way it should be. Even law abiding citizens should be in the dark about who is willing to defend themselves with any measure possible.