Tuesday, police confirmed a $1 million Apple heist that occurred Monday evening in Paris at an Apple flagship store; an estimated $1.3 million in iPads, iPhones and laptops were stolen. The robbery occurred in the Apple store behind the Paris Opera house.
The store was open until 6 p.m. Monday night on New Year's Eve and the robbery occurred at approximately 9 p.m. while New Year’s Eve celebrations went on outside the building on Champs-Elysees Avenue.
Local police said that four robbers were masked, armed and "well prepared."
The Le Parisien newspaper reported that the robbers threatened a security guard at the back entrance of the store in order to get inside.
Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre is a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutors office and she said that the thieves went through the store “calmly” as though they knew what they were looking for and went to the basement storeroom where full boxes of product were located. Over a $1 million in iPhones, iPads and laptops were stolen.
Christophe Crepin, spokesman for UNSA Police said:
They knew exactly what they were taking.
The police said that a Mercedes van was waiting outside and the thieves took off in it.
The police made several comments about how smoothly the robbery went and they seemed to wonder if this was possibly an inside job, done either by employees or with information from employees.
Apple was one of the most profitable stores in 2013, with the massive success of the iPhone, iPad and most recently the iPad mini.
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Sources: WTVR and the Christian Science Monitor
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