A small squad of thieves who witnesses said “seemed to know exactly what they wanted” swarmed the Walnut Creek Apple Store Monday – gathering up MacBooks and a large number of iPhones before escaping – cables dangling and security devices chirping.
Witnesses said the thieves, numbering at least three but perhaps with additional accomplices waiting in a car outside, entered the business at 8:48 p.m. Monday and began gathering up computers and phones while stunned shoppers looked on.
This is video from an earlier robbery:
Employees who spoke with NEWS24/680 on the condition their names not be given said it appeared the group knew precisely what pieces of hardware to take, eventually stealing three MacBooks and about 20 iPhones near the entrance to the store employees were getting ready to close for the evening.
Passersby pointed out the direction the men had taken to police, who were in the area quickly, but it is believed the men left the area in a car last seen heading out of town on Olympic Blvd.
An Alamo resident in the Walnut Creek store when thieves swarmed the display tables on March 6 – also a Monday night – described a bizarre scene as they fled, leaping barriers and getting into two cars, driving away at high speed. Stolen MacBooks were reportedly found in a nearby parking lot, according to the witness.
Bay Area Apple Stores have been the frequent target of thieves in past months, though employees would not say if the Walnut Creek location had experienced previous thefts.