More than 30 iPhones snatched in Berkeley Apple Store theft

As of publication time, no arrests had been made and the investigation was ongoing.

More than 30 iPhones snatched in Berkeley Apple Store theft
The Berkeley Apple Store on Fourth Street (file photo). TJ Gehling

Two men stole more than 30 iPhones from the Berkeley Apple Store on Monday morning before escaping in a getaway vehicle, authorities report.

Berkeley police said the theft happened just after 10:40 a.m. at the Apple Store, which is located at 1823 Fourth St.

BPD said two men entered the store while a third person waited in a getaway car.

The pair inside cleared out more than 30 iPhones from the Apple display tables, police said.

The men fled southbound on Fourth Street in a gray Honda, police said.

Berkeley officers who responded were unable to find them.

As of publication time, no arrests had been made and the investigation was ongoing.

The Berkeley Apple Store on Fourth Street has been a popular destination for thieves.

The neighborhood's busy commercial stretch and location near the freeway, which offers an easy escape route, has at times made it a target.

Last year in December, three men in hoodies and masks stole more than 40 iPhones from the store.

That happened in the same month Berkeley PD put a hold on its retail security program, which for years resulted in the posting of a Berkeley police officer outside the Fourth Street Apple Store.

The Berkeley Apple Store was also hit in May and several times in August.

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The two suspects had already been linked to a “brazen smash and grab robbery” at Macy’s in Walnut Creek that was “widely publicized,” BPD said.

Last week, The Scanner reported on two prosecutions linked to Bay Area Apple store thefts, but cases often seem to go unsolved.

This story will be updated if additional information becomes available.

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