A group of thieves stole an estimated 50 electronic devices from the Berkeley Apple store Tuesday night, and the store was hit again Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m., with a smaller group taking an estimated 20 devices, authorities report.
Limited information was available because the reports are not yet complete, but the Berkeley Police Department was alerted just after 8 p.m. Tuesday that a group of eight males in their late teens or early 20s ran into the Fourth Street Apple shop and stole numerous items. (The shop closes at 8 p.m.)
The store is located at 1823 Fourth St. in Berkeley’s popular Fourth Street shopping district.
Thursday afternoon, while Berkeleyside was on the phone with BPD shortly after 3 p.m., another report came in about a group of four people who had just gone into the store and stolen an estimated 20 devices, according to preliminary information.
Berkeley Police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Frankel said the incidents are considered grand theft, which is a felony.
Police will be checking with other local law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area to find out if the Berkeley thefts are part of a pattern.
The shop has been targeted before, especially around the holidays. Last December, a group of seven males went into the Apple store and took numerous items.
Stay tuned to Berkeleyside for additional information.
Have a question about a local public safety incident? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographs and videos are always appreciated. Read more about the Berkeley Apple store in past Berkeleyside coverage.
Crime in Berkeley: Apple store theft alert, more (04.15.16)
Fourth Street Apple store reports theft by 7 males (12.04.15)
Police ask for help to find suspect after iPhone robbery of elderly man (video) (01.30.15)
Authorities: Berkeley Apple store thief strikes again (06.10.14)
Car used for smash-and-grab at Apple store in Berkeley (05.09.14)
Teen tries to buy 14 iPhones, 2 laptops with fake credit card at Apple store (03.18.14)
Berkeleyside provides exclusive coverage of many Berkeley crimes. We welcome community tips about public safety issues and other newsworthy issues via email, Twitter or Facebook. Please alert us in advance if your tip is anonymous.