A brazen daytime robbery at an Apple Store in Emeryville, California, has sparked outrage after a video of the incident went viral on social media. In the footage, a masked individual dressed in all black can be seen systematically grabbing iPhones from display tables and swiftly pocketing them. Despite the presence of a police car parked outside, authorities clarified that it was an unoccupied “ghost car” used as a deterrent rather than an active patrol vehicle.
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The thief, identified as 22-year-old Tyler Mims from Berkeley, allegedly made off with approximately 50 iPhones valued at nearly $50,000. Emeryville Police Department reported that they were notified of the theft on Monday morning. Mims has since been arrested and charged with multiple offenses including conspiracy, burglary, grand theft, and organized retail theft. He is currently in custody at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin awaiting a court appearance scheduled for Friday.
The incident has sparked widespread discussion online, with many expressing frustration over the frequency of such thefts and the apparent lack of intervention by law enforcement. Commenters pointed out the futility of stealing iPhones due to their traceability and activation lock features, which render stolen devices unusable and easily traceable once reported missing.