Dimwit Thieves Try To Steal iPhones, Get Caught - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile
Commentary
1/25/2008
09:44 AM
Eric Ogren
Eric Ogren
Commentary
50%
50%

Dimwit Thieves Try To Steal iPhones, Get Caught

In a second major NYC mobile phone theft this week, two truck drivers tried to make off with $150,000 worth of iPhones bound for Hong Kong. They opened a box containing 300 iPhones and replaced the gadgets with pounds of paper to simulate the weight. Hong Kong airline workers noticed that one box didn't look quite right and called in the cops

In a second major NYC mobile phone theft this week, two truck drivers tried to make off with $150,000 worth of iPhones bound for Hong Kong. They opened a box containing 300 iPhones and replaced the gadgets with pounds of paper to simulate the weight. Hong Kong airline workers noticed that one box didn't look quite right and called in the cops. Can you say, "iDummies"?According to the New York Daily News, here's how it went down:

The heist took place Jan. 9 when Emmanuel Etienne and Jarred Thomas were sent to pick up a skid of iPhones from another shipping company, Rojay World Freight of Valley Stream.

After collecting the shipment, the two truckers and [alleged accomplice Duane] Carlos went to a nearby Staples store and bought $100 worth of printer paper, police said.

They then removed the original factory shrink-wrap binding the cardboard cartons containing the cell phones and sliced holes in the bottom of the cartons, emptying the individual iPhone boxes, cops said.

After filling the cartons with paper, they replaced the shrink-wrap and dropped off the pallet at the Cathay Pacific Airways hanger at JFK Airport for a flight to Hong Kong, cops said.

[Nassau Police Detective Lt. John] Azzata said an airline worker in Hong Kong noticed the shrink-wrap looked amiss and alerted Hong Kong police, who discovered the theft and contacted Port Authority police in Queens.

Before they were caught, the two truckers had raked in some $80,000 by selling the iPhones on Craigslist. They had spent the money on sneakers and even a car. By the time police pieced together the crime, the truckers were nabbed with $23,000 in cash. Apparently, the men must have been feeling the heat, as they were about to move to Florida.

Said their boss to police: "It's funny you should be asking about them. They just resigned."

The Unofficial Apple Weblog writer Michael Rose made an interesting observation on the matter:

I think we've all learned something today ... first, if you're going to replace packaged iPhones with something, rock beats paper. Second, 300 iPhones in a crate going to Hong Kong, where they aren't officially on sale? Maybe those 30% unlock estimates aren't so wacky after all.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
2021 Outlook: Tackling Cloud Transformation Choices
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  1/4/2021
News
Enterprise IT Leaders Face Two Paths to AI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/23/2020
Slideshows
10 IT Trends to Watch for in 2021
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/22/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
Video
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Slideshows
Flash Poll