The Apple Store in Alderwood Mall was robbed last weekend, with thieves infiltrating the site via a nearby coffee shop. According to Seattle King 5 newsthe thieves broke into Seattle coffee equipment, entered the bathroom, and cut a hole in the wall to gain access to the back room of the “Apple Store”.
The thieves managed to bypass the Apple Store security system using the nearby coffee shop, and stole a total of 436 iPhones worth about $500,000.
According to Seattle Coffee Gear director Eric Marks, the coffee shop is not noticeably adjacent to an “Apple Store” because of the way the store is laid out. “I never would have thought we were near an ‘Apple Store,’ I mean how to get around it,” Marks said. King 5 news. “So, someone had to think about it and get to the layout of the mall.”
Good morning Twitter lovers! Yesterday was a strange day… 1. Two men broke into one of our retail stores. Why? For cutting a hole in the bathroom wall to get into the Apple Store next door and steal $500K worth of Iphone🙄 2. Later that night on my wife’s way to the grocery store… pic.twitter.com/DcUld6ULEd
– Mike Atkinson (@coffeemikeatkin) April 4, 2023
Police were able to obtain surveillance footage of the theft, but as it is part of an active investigation, it has not yet been released. Nothing was stolen from the café, but it would cost $1,500 to replace the locks and repair the bathroom wall.
There were no employees at the Apple Store when the theft occurred as Alderwood Mall was closed for the night. An Alderwood spokesperson said they were working with the police to resolve the incident, but Apple has yet to comment.
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