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Crime blotter: Airport cargo handlers arrested for $21,000 Apple theft


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In the latest Apple Crime Blotter, a January 6th defendant is accused of erasing iCloud data, an ATM thief accused of manipulating an iPhone and a stolen MacBook containing a couple’s wedding photos.

The last in every now and then AppleInsider series, looking at the world of Apple-related crime.

Miami airport cargo handlers accused of stealing $21,000 worth of Apple products

Police have arrested a pair of cargo workers at Miami International Airport who they say are more than… worth $21,000 of Apple electronics on their way to a logistics company in Chile.

According to Local 10“Five MacBook Pro laptops, 30 Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro, plus 20 Apple iPhones and a charging cable worth a total of $21,728.35” were included. The two men worked for a subcontractor of the Chilean airline LATAM.

They were charged with grand theft and organized a scheme to scam.

Suspect wanted for using stolen credit cards for Apple Store spree in Florida

Also in South Florida, police in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, are looking for for a suspect who they say entered an office and stole credit cards from an office worker on a conference call. Local 10 reports that the man then went to the nearby Apple Store and used those cards to spend $7,000 on various items.

However, the man was caught on surveillance video from the Apple Store, as released by the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department:

An Australian drug dealer’s iPhone could affect hundreds of customers

The recent arrest of a major drug syndicate in Australia has exposed a “dial-a-dealer” scheme that has the potential to involve a huge number of people, The daily mail reported at the end of May.

According to the report, confiscated a single iPhone 700 alleged drug gang customers were in attendance at the raid, while investigators have many more phones to get through.

The raid led to 18 arrests and followed a 10-month investigation. In the raids, “Cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy, cannabis, piles of cash and luxury watches and [jewelry]’ said the outlet.

Jan 6 suspect charged with deleting iCloud data

Many of the hundreds of people arrested in connection with the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot had evidence of their iCloud accounts being used against them. Now, a suspected rioter has been accused from deleting data from his iCloud account.

THD 11 Prosecutors say in a file that the defendant deleted all records for that particular day, which was discovered after they obtained a search warrant.

The defendant, Richard “Bigo” Barnett, became infamous after he was photographed that day with his feet up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk. He is due to stand trial in September.

Medical student accused of placing iPhone camera in ATMs

A British medical student has been accused of rigging ATMs in Kent using iPhone cameras to steal cards and pin numbers. According to Kent Onlinethe man was caught after residents raised the alarm that their cards were jammed in the machine, and a hidden iPhone was found recording the PIN pad.

The same man had been given a suspended sentence for a similar scheme in Birmingham.

Man charged with theft of two iPhones at Bali airport

A man was arrested and charged with stealing a pair of iPhones from a fellow traveler in a bathroom at Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Indonesia.

coconuts.co reports the victim had left his two iPhones on a urinal and left without picking them up. The thief was caught after authorities reviewed security footage.

He returned the phones but was still arrested and charged with theft.

Man finds son’s stolen car by following Apple Watch

A man in Memphis was able to track down his son’s stolen car by… following the son Apple Watch, with Find My iPhone. According to WGNOthe car was followed to a specific neighborhood, where the father found the alleged thief in the driver’s seat.

The man in the seat claimed that he had bought another man’s car. But police charged him with property theft, violent burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

Stolen MacBook contains couple’s wedding photos

A newlywed couple said that a MacBook Pro was stolen from the couple’s wedding photographer and with it the only copies of their wedding photos.

KMBC explains that the computer and memory card were removed from the photographer’s car hours after the wedding while the photographer was shooting for another wedding.

St. Louis Corruption Charge Include iPhone 11

On June 2, a federal lawsuit was filed naming two current St. Louis aldermen and one former.

According to the announcement of the indictment, one of the accused officials, John Collins-Muhammad, mistakenly received a new iPhone 11 from a businessman, along with a car, $7,000 in cash and $3,000 in campaign contributions.

Collins-Mohammad resigned his seat in May.

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