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Friday, February 3, 2012

Four Men Accused of Ripping Off Apple Electronics from FedEx Trucks

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Eduardo Alvarez
  • Eduardo Alvarez

Police are saying they have nabbed a ring of serial Apple thieves who allegedly have been swiping massive amounts of high-end electronics as they are being delivered to Apple stores across San Francisco

Police arrested 52-year-old Jose Reyes, 45-year-old Victor Morales, 55-year-old Angel Erazo, and 43-year-old Eduardo Alvarez. All of the suspects are from Los Angeles except for Alvarez, who is from Las Vegas. All four men were booked into San Francisco County Jail on burglary charges.

According to police, a series of delivery trucks had been broken into between Dec. 5, 2011, and Jan. 11, 2012. In each instance, the trucks were outside Apple stores to deliver new products when they were broken into, and thousands of dollars' worth of electronics were taken.

Angel Erazo
  • Angel Erazo
Witnesses told police they saw a white Chevy Astro van in the area in each of these incidents.

Investigators caught the crooks the old-fashioned way, sans GPS. A cop issued an alert to to all police units to be on the lookout for the described van. On Jan. 11, an officer saw a white Astro van, and stopped it.

Jose Reyes
  • Jose Reyes
During a cursory search, police found Apple products that had been stolen from a FedEx delivery truck earlier that day.

click to enlarge Victor Morales
  • Victor Morales
Further investigation -- with the assistance of U.S. Postal inspectors -- revealed a receipt and more Apple products that had been stolen from another delivery truck the day before were recovered.

Police are investigating whether these men are also responsible for other high-end Apple thefts throughout the Bay Area.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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