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The Week in Electronics Retail Crime

iPhone thefts everywhere, rap catastophe at Microsoft and more in the world of electronics theft

October 4, 2012 By Stephen Silver
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A rapper known as Machine Gun Kelly was ejected from performing at a Microsoft Store event in Atlanta, after delivering a foul-mouthed routine. Kelly reportedly yelled out "F--- these computers" and even kicked a few of them (The Verge)

Thieves broke into a Tennessee Best Buy the weekend the iPhone 5 was released and stole hundreds of the devices. The early-morning theft took more than $100,000 worth of merchandise (The Tennessean)

An Apple Store somewhere in the Southwestern U.S. is described as the nation's most corrupt. Employees regularly steal merchandise, purposely destroy customers' property and one manager allegedly exchanged stolen merchandise for plastic surgery (Gizmodo)

A Los Angeles Apple Store was robbed last month when a man crashed an SUV into the storefront. The 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with vandalism, burglary and theft of electronics, as well as additional charges from robbing a 7-Eleven the same day (The Press Enterprise)

Three thieves stole $167,000 worth of Apple products from a California Fry's Electronics location in August. The men first broke in shortly after midnight and returned to the scene for more robberies at 2:30 and 4:30 a.m. Police are looking at surveillance video (San Jose Mercury News.)

A Texas Walmart employee chased a teenaged thief out of the store and ran him over with his car. The man had taken DVDs and video games from the store, leading to a a chase that culminated in the employee hitting the teenager. The employee, who no longer works at Walmart, was charged with aggravated assault (The Smoking Gun)

Five thieves backed their car into the front door of a Florida hhgregg in August. They got away with phones, computers and other merchandise (CBS Miami)

An employee at a Houston-area Conn's store was arrested for inappropriately touching a 15-year-old boy in the store's bathroom (Houston Chronicle)
 

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