A security guard has been threatened with weapons and more than $300,000 worth of phones have been stolen during two early-morning raids at Apple stores on Tuesday morning.
Police said a group of more than three men smashed their way into the Apple Store in Perth’s CBD just after 2.15am, but were disturbed by a passing taxi and left with nothing.
Staff were left to clean up the shattered glass during the day, but kept the store open to customers.
Police allege the same group then made their way to Garden City in Booragoon, where they smashed their way into the centre’s Apple Store and threatened a security guard with blunt weapons just before 3am.
It took just a couple of minutes but the thieves left with more than $300,000 worth of phones.
Det Snr Const Matt Whelan said the suspects are believed to be men, all wearing dark clothing.
“Two vehicles, believed to be linked to these incidents were found burnt out in the southern suburbs earlier today.” he said.
Police are asking the taxi driver who disturbed the group at the CBD store, and a cyclist believed to be in the area just before the CBD burglary, to contact them.
Det Snr Const Whelan said Apple know which phones have been stolen and they are now worthless.
Sometimes when you’re buying something too good to be true, generally it is,” he said.
“You also have to ask yourself, do you want to waste your hard earned money on something that is as useful as a house brick?
“By buying this black-market product, you’re ultimately causing these burglaries to occur, because you are generating a market, this black market where people can buy technology cheap.
“So that makes this group of people want to do this again.”
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.