Thieves Target Durham, North Carolina Apple Store in Smash-and-Grab Robbery

Thieves last night stole an unknown number of MacBooks in a smash-and-grab theft at the Apple Store located in the Southpoint Mall in Durham, North Carolina. The MacBook units reportedly were display models situated in the front section of the store.

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The Apple Store is part of The Streets at Southpoint, a shopping destination that includes both an indoor mall and an outdoor shopping pavilion. The Apple store is located in an outdoor section of the complex, making it an easier target for an overnight theft. The store is currently closed following the break-in.

Smash-and-grab robberies are not uncommon at Apple retail stores, which often are built with glass panels to showcase the interior of the store. In December of last year, the new Haarlem store was the target of a smash-and-grab robbery shortly after it opened. Only a small amount of merchandise was stolen in that break-in.

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21 weeks ago

in b4 "they should have used sapphire glass" jokes


Posting that is just admitting you have a premise for a joke but can't flesh out the actual contents that would make it funny.
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21 weeks ago
The crooks created an Apple Logo out of the broken glass.
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21 weeks ago
Unfortunately, the "geniuses" forgot to install the Find My iPhone app.
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21 weeks ago

Apple chooses to ignore the concept "Crime Prevention by Design" during store construction. If a business designs its store layout in such a way as to make it easy for B&E artist to steal, then the company can't complain if victimized. Glass is pretty but does little to stop a determine criminal. :p


A lot of people here seem to be under several delusions when it comes to glass storefronts.

First, this is not a problem even closely exclusive to Apple stores. Most Apple stores are in malls. Show me a store in a mall, indoor or outdoor, that DOESN'T have at least a partial wall of glass or gigantic windows in the front. There's a reason it's called window shopping, folks. The percentage of glass makes no difference to the "ease" of breaking in. Is your house more likely to be broken into if it has 20 windows instead of 10? No. If it has one, it can be broken in the same way.

Second, breaking glass is not always as easy as you think it might be. Glass, just like any other material has strengths and weaknesses, and like any other material requires the right tools and technique to break it. Also, the kind of glass used plays a huge part. Some glass is damn near unbreakable (http://youtu.be/x_CiLZY-HGw?t=3m13s).
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21 weeks ago
in b4 "they should have used sapphire glass" jokes
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21 weeks ago
Durham is a little sketch at times...thats why I prefer the nearby Crabtree Valley location.
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21 weeks ago
Samedung add spin: 'our samedung products are so secure that not one steals them, unlike those from a fruit company.'
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21 weeks ago

Apple chooses to ignore the concept "Crime Prevention by Design" during store construction. If a business designs its store layout in such a way as to make it easy for B&E artist to steal, then the company can't complain if victimized. Glass is pretty but does little to stop a determine criminal. :p


Do you ever hear Apple complaining? They just fix and move on. Although I do hope that they are working on some intuitive solution to this. Think about sapphire strands interwoven in the glass making it much, much stronger without compromising its transparency.

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They should employ robotic security guards inside the stores, equipped with laser guns.
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21 weeks ago

'Apple needs to get rid of all that damn glass'

I guess Jony Ive's theory of design translates into Apple's stores.

Fragile and easy to break.

Some stores only have glass on their doors and some windows. Apple stores ARE boxes of glass...

But hey, think different, right?


Are you saying Apple products are more fragile and easier to break than its competitors?

Proof please.

I have friends with nexus and samsung phones that break a lot easier than iPhone
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21 weeks ago

It would be Durham.


Yeah but it's the Southpoint area. May as well be called North Cary. But maybe I'm biased since I live there :D
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