Stores in California targeted by thieves who destroyed security equipment at Apple store

At least eight suspects, apparently using cars and trucks, broke into an Apple store in the Southern California city of El Cajon on Thursday and made off with several Apple products, sheriff’s officials told the San Diego Union-Tribune. The most extensive damage was to the rear of the store, near the security gate and Starbucks, at around 4 p.m. Police said the criminals tried to escape but they had to call for backup from the sheriff’s department. By the time authorities arrived, the suspects had escaped.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the thieves used a white Ford pick-up truck to smash a glass door to get into the building. After smashing it open, they left it with its back window shattered in an apparent attempt to hide their identities. Some of the stolen goods were later recovered on the streets outside.

Located in San Diego County, El Cajon is a city of 77,000, less than 30 miles north of downtown San Diego. According to Forbes, it’s one of the most-populous cities in the country. It was ranked the 15th best city for families in America by, and is home to the largest Apple store in North America.

While there have been reports of robberies at Apple stores in previous years, this attack is the first one in San Diego County. The Times noted that Apple has not commented on the incident.

Read the full story at the San Diego Union-Tribune.


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