The big day of the new iPhone X going on sale has arrived, but there are 313 fewer of the new phones available at the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall Apple store. That’s because three brazen thieves managed to steal $370,000 worth of brand new phones, two days before they went on sale.
KTSF originally reported the iPhone X heist, which occurred around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The bandits broke into a UPS truck at a mall loading dock while the driver was making a delivery to another store.
“A witness observed three unidentified suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts exit a white Dodge van,” SFPD Taraval police Captain Rick Yick told CBS 5. “It appears the suspects knew what they were looking for.”
“Given the dollar value in the incident itself it appears it was planned,” Yick added.
The iPhone X sells at just over $1,000, so the haul of 313 of them adds up to $370,000.
Engadget points out that “the phones will likely be blacklisted on all US cellular networks, but it’s a lot easier for thieves to change an [IMEI] before an iPhone is set up by a customer.” The IMEI is the International Mobile Equipment Identity number that is unique to each mobile device.
The iPhone theft suspects are still at large, and anyone with information is encouraged to call SFPD at (415) 575-4444. CNet reports that customers who ordered their iPhones for pickup at the Stonestown Apple store will still all receive their phones, despite the theft.