Berlin Apple Retail Store Smashed by Car, Display Merchandise Stolen

An Apple Retail Store located in Kurfürstendamm, Berlin was the site of a smash-and-grab robbery earlier this morning, reports Bild.de [Google Translate]. At 4:15 AM, thieves reportedly crashed an Opel Corsa supermini automobile into the store and proceeded to steal display iPhones, iPads, and computers before fleeing in two Audis.

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The report also notes that there have been seven such robberies in Berlin as of late, including a heist at the Alexa shopping mall located in Alexanderplatz, Berlin where theives made off with over 100,000 euros worth of goods.

With Apple gadgets fetching a high price on the secondary market, thefts of individual devices in muggings are common. However, organized robberies on Apple Retail Stores are usually uncommon.

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The smash-and-grab robbery on the Kurfürstendamm Apple Store is also similar to the robbery that took place at Apple's Promenade Temecula retail store in Temecula, California last year, where robbers also used a car to obliterate the entire front glass and security grating of the store before making off with merchandise. It is likely that the Kurfürstendamm store will close for cleanup and repair for a short while before opening to the public again.

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13 months ago
I wonder if anyone would ever crash their car into, and steal a bunch of stuff from, a Microsoft Store...
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13 months ago

I like how you Americans call the Corsa a 'super-mini'. It's not a big car but its definitely not supermini. It seats four people without problems. Hehe.


Not four Americans though. :D
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13 months ago
"A Microsoft store was smashed with a car today. $10,000 worth of computers were returned."
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13 months ago

If you're going to make all your buildings out of glass, you need cement pillars or this will always happen.


The building appears to be made out of concrete, although it does have those pesky openings where the customers go in and out.
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13 months ago
You don't see that happening on Samsung stores.

Apparently, Samsung products aren't wanted enough.
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13 months ago

Hope they get away with it. Sure is worth some, good luck guys.


No matter how rich Apple is, people shouldn't steal. I'm sure you have more money than someone else does. Should someone steal from you because they think you have cool stuff and can afford it?
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13 months ago

Hope they get away with it. Sure is worth some, good luck guys.


Er what? Are you a thieving scumbag too then?
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13 months ago

Hope they get away with it. Sure is worth some, good luck guys.


Guess your moral compress is missing.
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13 months ago
Is this how Samsung is getting back at Apple now?:p
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13 months ago

If you're going to make all your buildings out of glass, you need cement pillars or this will always happen.


It's always a business decision. Spend all your money finding all the ways to protect your building or buy insurance. Whichever is cheapest, companies use.

Like banks - Banks used to hire security guards to protect against bank robberies. But then robbers would bring in guns, injure and kill people, take $10,000. This also cost the banks money through lawsuits from customers and higher insurance premiums to pay for injured workers. So what do they do now? Simply install a security camera, and give anyone who walks in and hands the teller a note (no weapon need be shown) - $500.

It's cheaper this way, and there's a safer work environment. Employees know what to do. No crazy stuff happens anymore. It's easier for criminals, but eventually being on the security cameras enough, they'll be caught.

It's amazing, what seems so wrong at first, is the most logical route to go.
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