Thieves stole more than $370,000 (N137m) worth of Apple’s new iPhone X from a UPS truck.
Three men in hoodies driving a white Dodge van recently broke into a UPS truck while it was parked outside a San Francisco Apple Store. The truck was delivering 313 of Apple’s new iPhone X devices, according to a police report.
The total value of the stolen merchandise was estimated to be more than $370,000((N137m). The iPhone X, which becomes available in stores today in the US, starts at $999(N370,000).
Each phone was cataloged with a description and serial number, said Sgt. Paul Weggenmann.
Stealing iPhones has long been a lucrative business, but Apple’s “Find My iPhone” and remote lockout feature have caused a drop in stolen devices. For enterprising thieves, the key is getting an iPhone before those services have been set up.
What makes this theft especially notable is that it comes just before the launch of X, one of Apple’s most high-profile products in years. Apple bills the gadget as the “future of the smartphone.”
Customers preordered more than twice as many iPhone X units in the first four days than the previous record holder, the iPhone 6, according to data from Slice Intelligence. It set that record despite reportedly sparse supplies, which have pushed some preorder deliveries to mid-December.
As for the theft, the UPS driver had locked the cargo area after parking outside the Stonestown Galleria mall in the southwest Lakeside neighborhood of San Francisco, according to the police report. A janitor spotted the suspects unloading boxes from the UPS truck and into a Dodge van and snapped a photo. “It’s suspicious they were able to get that large a haul on that day,” he said.
UPS said it’s working with law enforcement investigating the theft.