Thieves hit the Berkeley Apple Store five times in January alone, authorities report.
Twice, their plans were foiled, but three other times they made off with devices, Berkeley police said.
On Jan. 17, someone wearing a ski mask went into the Berkeley Apple Store, at 1823 Fourth St., and took 49 devices in a "snatch and grab" theft before escaping.
Last week, on Thursday, Jan. 25, a man took nine iPhones with an approximate value of $10,000. Berkeley police were able to track him down and arrest him. Charges have now been filed.
On Friday, at about 11:20 a.m., two young men, 18-19 years old, entered the Apple Store and took 10 laptops, BPD said this week. (Last week, when TBS broke the news about that crime, the initial estimate from police was seven laptops taken.)
The pair fled on foot and was not located.
BREAKING: Berkeley Apple Store hit *AGAIN* Friday, with a report of two males, 18-20, who reportedly took seven computers. Investigation still underway. It's the fourth time in the past month. https://t.co/kstx7AYhYS— The Berkeley Scanner (@BerkeleyScanner) January 26, 2024
The store was also targeted on New Year's Eve when a masked individual stole 29 iPhones from the display counter before escaping at about 11:20 a.m.
On Tuesday, the Berkeley Police Department said that two other thefts were attempted at the Apple Store in January, but the culprits did not make it through the doors.
The Scanner has asked Apple for a response to the repeated targeting of the store and will update this story if that is provided.