Crime watch: Amazon hidden cameras capture Spanish iPhone 12 thieves

From AppleInsider’s “Amazon employees arrested for stealing $592,000 worth of iPhones” posted Monday:

A group of five Amazon employees has been arrested for allegedly stealing iPhones from a logistics center in Madrid, Spain, in an operation that is believed to have involved the theft of 500,000 euro ($592,000) in goods.

The arrests were made following an internal investigation by Amazon itself, discovering there were issues with some packages sent to customers due to some having weights differing from what the actual order was expected to weigh. The detected differences prompted Amazon to install hidden cameras to find out what was happening.

It was determined a group of workers was slipping new iPhones like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro into orders secretly, replacing the actually ordered contents of a package at the last moment. iPadizate reports it is believed the orders were placed by an accomplice.

Three of the five people implicated in the theft ring were arrested on leaving work, a fourth was picked up while working, and a fifth turned himself in to police voluntarily. All five have been fired by Amazon and are awaiting trial.

My take: New iPhones are like gold on the black market.

See also Apple 3.0 crime archives


  1. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:

    “ You’re indestructible, always believing
    (You are, gold)
    Gold! “
    – Spandau Ballet

    November 16, 2020
  2. Jerry Doyle said:
    I sent this article to all my friends including Android users with the attached question, “…. Have you ever wondered why thieves target only Apple iPhones and not other smartphone devices?”

    November 16, 2020
  3. Bart Yee said:
    As in the trade in or resale market, Androids generally have lower values than iPhones. Also, because the market and demand for Android flagships is much smaller than for premium iPhones, Android thievery wouldn’t nearly be as profitable. That’s why there’s always reports of people buying iPhones for resale and middleman profit.

    To paraphrase Willie Sutton, “I steal iPhones because that’s where the money is.”

    November 16, 2020

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