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Thieves Who Stole $200K of iPhones are in for a Rude Awakening

Over the years, we’ve seen thieves employ incredible ingenuity when it comes to making off with Apple products. Just last year, for example, a group of thieves in Georgia drilled a hole into a Best Buy ceiling and proceeded to rappel down — Mission Impossible style — and ultimately steal well over $100,000 worth of iPhones, Macs, and iPads.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, we have a recent heist in Australia where a criminal gang used sledgehammers to break through the glass of an Apple retail store in Perth. In a story first brought to light by Perth Now, the thieves managed to abscond with more than $200,000 worth of stolen merchandise, a haul that mostly included iPhones. Police have yet to apprehend the group of thieves, with reports indicating that two cars used in the heist were later found burnt to a crisp.

Of course, the thieves might be in for a rude awakening once they find out that iPhones in Apple retail stores have a range of built-in security measures that make stealing them something of a pointless endeavor. For instance, it’s been reported that demo iPhone units have something of a “kill switch” insofar that they won’t work outside of the range of Apple’s in-store Wi-Fi network and are essentially rendered useless. To this point… Boy Genius Report

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