if you are familiar with Netflix The Original Money Heist, so you’re familiar with the cleverness shown by the thieves in the TV series. It is worth noting that in Washington, USA, a group of thieves used a similar strategy to breach the wall of a coffee shop called Seattle Coffee Gear and enter an Apple Store – worth around Rs 4.9 crore. K disappeared with the iPhone.
According to Seattle’s King 5 News via MacRumors, the thieves entered the back room of the Apple Store at Alderwood Mall by tunneling through the coffee shop’s washroom. Thieves were able to bypass the Apple Store’s security system and reportedly stole a total of 436 iPhones worth approximately $500,000.
Seattle Coffee Gear manager, Eric Marks, claimed that the coffee shop was not particularly close to an Apple Store, based on its construction and said, “I never doubted that we were close to an Apple Store, how do I mean it?” He added, “So, one had to really think about it and get access to the mall layout.”
Good morning Twitter fans! Yesterday was a strange day…1. Two men broke into one of our retail locations. Why? To drill a hole in our bathroom wall to access the Apple store next door and steal $500k worth of iPhones🙄
2. Later that night on my way to the grocery store my wife… pic.twitter.com/DcUld6ULed
— Mike Atkinson (@coffeemikeatkin) April 4, 2023
MacRumors reports that Washington police have obtained surveillance footage of the theft, but as the case is under investigation, no details or footage have been made public yet. Additionally, the thieves showed little interest in the coffee shop and did not steal anything from it.
With that said, the details of the crime appear to be the plot straight out of a Hollywood movie, and it’s interesting to note the amount of planning and surveillance that would have gone into pulling off a robbery of this scale – right in the middle of a mall.
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