A thief, dressed as a store employee, walked off with $16,000 worth of iPhones from the back room at Apple’s SoHo location in New York City.
According to local news, last week a man dressed in an Apple employee uniform walked into the SoHo store, and walked back out with 19 untagged iPhones from an unsecured drawer. He then handed the packages to an accomplice, and the pair exited the store.
This isn’t the first time Apple has been the subject of such a low-tech heist. With revenue that outranks Tiffany per square foot, Apple stores are a magnet for thieves and con artists. Earlier this year, the Apple store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan was targeted (twice) by thieves impersonating employees, who made off with a total of 67 iPhones and additional merchandise.
Most Apple stores average around 100 employees, so it’s possible no one realized the thieves were not part of the retail team. Last year the company dropped the one standard shirt that changed seasonally, giving employees instead a choice of royal blue long sleeve, short sleeve crew neck or polo shirts.
When contacted, Apple replied, “We don’t comment on matters of security.”