Stolen Apple Products Expected to Hit Market

Police warn that items from a $163,000 heist at Fry's Electronics in Campbell Wednesday night will likely turn up on eBay and Craigslist.


on Hamilton Avenue in Campbell was burglarized Wednesday night, Campbell Police Capt. Charley Adams said, the thieves taking nearly 300 Apple products with them.

Valued at $163,000, hundreds of iPods, iPads and iPhones were stolen from the electronics store around 12:15 a.m., he said.

"This is the largest theft in this location that I know of," Adams said.

The Campbell Police Department is asking the public to be extremely cautious of purchasing iPads, iPods, and iPhones from individual sellers and locations other than legitimate storefront retail locations, the release stated. The risk of receiving stolen property through individual online sales is high.

According to the police log, the suspects—somewhere between two and five—pried open the front exit door, pried open the electronics cage and stole numerous iPads, iPhones and iPods.

Investigators believe that these items will likely soon show up for sale on eBay and Craigslist, the Campbell Police Department press release said.

According to the police log, the suspects fled through a hole they had cut in the east fence to an awaiting car on the southbound Highway 17 on-ramp. The suspects were caught on video returning two more times, later in the night, to steal more merchandise.

"We are making this public notification in an effort to protect the public from involvement in a criminal investigation and from risk of arrest for receiving and possessing stolen property," the release said.

Campbell Police are still investigating this incident, along with Fry’s loss prevention team, and the regional Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team task force. There is no evidence that it is an inside job, Adams said, though police always fully investigate such possibilities.

Anyone with information about this theft may contact the Campbell Police Department Investigations Unit at 408-866-2184.

For those with information whom wish to remain anonymous, information and tips can be provided through the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers Tip line 408-947-STOP (7867).


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