“Apple Impossible” Crew steals over $26,000 in Apple product

An undetermined number of crafty burglars defeated motion sensors, a variety of alarms and security cameras to make off with $26,000 worth of Apple notebooks from a New Jersey Best Buy Wednesday, local media is reporting.

The thieves lowered themselves from a hole they cut in the ceiling at the South Brunswick Best Buy just where in-store advertising banners would conceal their movements. They pinched the computers without ever touching the floor — which would have also set off the alarm.

They snapped up 20 Apple notebooks and got out like they got in — by shimmying a 3-inch pipe that ran outside the building.

It wasn’t until some employees showed up at 6:30 a.m. that anyone got wise.

“High level of sophistication,” police spokesman James Ryan told the Newark Star-Ledger.

“I would say they were a professional crew,” the newspaper quoted security expert John Harris.

But one commenter on the nj.com story sees this as an obvious inside job.

“What nonsense!” said sdgj. “Definitely an inside job — probably three kids who work in the store – at least one in security. They knew exactly where to cut the roof and where to descend down to get exactly what they wanted. I’d bet they put the banners up so that the cameras would be obscured. Just find out who decided to put up the banners and you have the break needed.”

We don’t know if this heist took a mere 31 seconds, but it does rival an equally brazen (and efficient) Apple Store robbery in nearby Marlton, New Jersey, late last year, which netted those thieves 23 Macbook Pros, 14 iPhones and nine iPod Touches.

Police said they think that the crew which hit Best Buy had to include at least 2 or 3 people — and might have struck before.

Hmmmm …. maybe an hour’s drive south on I-295 at a certain Apple store last September 9?

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