Friday morning around 3 a.m., a vehicle crashed through the trademark plate glass frontage at the Apple Store along Berkeley's Fourth Street. Officers arriving at the scene discovered the vehicle had been left behind, but several laptops and iPhones had gone missing.
The car actually plowed through both the glass door and the roll-up metal gate, leaving an impressive trail of debris and messing up the pristine layout of the store's blonde wood display tables.
“There were signs of prowl inside the business,” Berkeley Police Officer Jennifer Coats told Berkeleyside. “Officers conducted a check of the business and did not find any suspects. The subsequent investigation revealed several Apple products were stolen. Based on the information at this point, it appears the suspect deliberately drove the vehicle into the store in order to burglarize the business. The investigation is ongoing.”
According to Apple Insider, these drive-by thefts are becoming increasingly common at Apple stores worldwide due to the extremely lucrative iPhone black market and the fact that every single Apple store features an easily shattered glass front, just like your iPhone.
No arrests had been made as of this morning and no suspect description has been released. Although security footage from this morning's incident in Berkeley has not been released yet, there is this wonderfully soundtracked video of a similar incident that occurred in Temecula, California back in 2012: