California has filed charges against a group of individuals who are said to have stolen more than $1 million from Apple Stores throughout the state. Seventeen people were allegedly involved in the burglary ring: seven were arrested earlier this week, one is detained, and the remaining are still at large.
The group’s strategy was simply to run into the stores wearing hoodies, grab as many display products as possible, and run out. Each robbery took only seconds to execute, and in some instances, the group was able to grab more than $20,000 in merchandise.
These California-based Apple Store robberies have been happening for the past few weeks. Three men involved were first identified on September 12th after police pursued the suspects in a vehicle chase, and they were caught after crashing their car twice, then attempting to run after abandoning the car.
“Organized retail thefts cost California business owners millions and expose them to copycat criminals. Ultimately, consumers pay the cost of this merchandise hijacking,” California attorney general Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “We will continue our work with local law enforcement authorities to extinguish this mob mentality and prosecute these criminals to hold them accountable.”