At Least 125 iPads Stolen From San Carlos Best Buy Store

SAN CARLOS (CBS SF) – Thieves stole at least 125 Apple iPads from a Best Buy electronics store in San Carlos Thursday night, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies reported to the store at 1127 Industrial Road at about 11:50 p.m., one minute after the commercial alarm began sounding when the suspects pried open the store’s front doors and a security roll-up door, according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputies determined that the suspects slid under the jacked-up security gate and dragged a large locked steel rack containing the 125 tablet computers through a fire exit door and onto a vehicle.

Sheriff’s officials said the loss to the store is estimated to be more than $100,000. According to Best Buy’s website, the latest generation iPads retail for between $500 and $830, depending on storage and networking options.

The suspects fled the scene and had not been found as of Friday morning. The sheriff’s office said there was no description immediately available for them or their vehicle.

Anyone who has information about the burglary is asked to contact sheriff’s Detective Victor Bertolozzi at (650) 363-4057 or to call the office’s anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Robbing hoods

    Round up all the employees and put through lie detector.

    • John Scott

      sorry I mean were they white???

    • John

      The only thing the thieves did not think about should not the ipads be registered before use if so the thieves will be tracked down.

      • JTK01

        Assuming Best Buy has the servial numbers of the stolen units. Pity on those that purchase these stolen units.

    • Sgt. Schultz

      Obama will bail them out, they are just redistributing wealth for all the poor people in the hood, yo.

      • H H Rules

        Beatdude is a li b ta rd.

      • afsd

        @beatdude – truth hurts don’t it? Your little black dunce cap is showing

      • Beatdude

        Sgt, you little white pointy hat is beginning to show!

    • Benny Moore

      With it’s war on Christmas last year and it”s war on Santa this year, I AM GLAD BEST BUY GOT ROBBED.

      • Bubba

        Best Buy has a war on Christmas. You are an idiot, without Christmas and Santa their sales would be markedly reduced.

        You fall for all that Christian victimhood BS. Commercial entities are to make sales not further spirituality.

    • Bubbles

      I’m glad you see things our way.

    • Mark Christopher

      Waterbording is good for you….

    • Tim

      This wasn’t an inside job, you moron.

    • Keefer Beefer

      Clearly you are deranged and confused. A big whopping total of 3 people have been waterboarded and they were known terrorists, not thieves.

    • Clayton Bigsby

      Doubt it. These guys sound clever.

      • tyutr

        well they sound like thieves – so there is your true indicator they aren’t white. Oh I’m sorry – did the racist offend the racist in denial?

    • A white guy

      serves best buy right… over priced idiots

      • security

        its because of the theives that the prices go up dum az

      • George

        Apple sets the price for which their product can be sold you schmuck

      • Adam

        What a fool!

  • Kevin

    So all employees are guilty until proven innocent? Glad you’re not a Judge.

    • Mike

      Hold it, and electronics store and no video cameras Daaaaaa

      • John Scott

        buymore!!!!!!! call in Chuck!!!!!!!!11

      • Church Lady

        Nerd Herd to the rescue!

    • ted

      Glad you’re not a detective

      • Common sense

        Someone working there knows something, as it’s almost certain that inside information was needed. It won’t take a lie detector to figure it out – just a good detective who knows what to look for. The person(s) hiding something will stand out.

        Presumed innocent or presumed guilty, why is it deemed unjust for law enforcement to investigate all possible leads? If it was your stuff stolen you’d want a thorough investigation.

  • Matthew Dunnyveg

    The more to the left California drifts, the better example they set for what the rest of us shouldn’t be doing. California dreamin’? No thanks.

    • Sheepleherder

      Wow, I never realized that the rest of the country was crime free.

  • PDQ

    Sell them $250 each on Craigslist, they will be gone in 30 minutes

    • Common Sense

      Not without a trace. Most criminals aren’t smart enough to know how to obscure their IP address. Short of out of the back of a car, there is always a trail. Granted, Craigslist is one of the smarter ways to do it online, but it’s not foolproof.

      • Tu

        One could use,
        Starbucks free wifi.
        Cheap usb wifi adapter.
        Smash hard drive and adapter when done.

    • Steve-Oh

      Apple products are typically fenced overseas. I’m sure these are on their way to Mexico or out to sea with a cargo ship that just left a west coast port of call headed into Asia. Some smarties will reset their MAC address and sold on the black market. Apple will just write this off as shrink and the store employees are not going to see any bonuses anytime soon.

    • Bubbles

      Serial numbers? On iPads? Nonsense!

      • Eagle35

        All apple products have serial numbers and have to be activated with a Apple ID with a credit card number.

    • Heh

      Someone should post 200+ ipads for sale on San Fran craigslist.

  • Goodgold

    Just wait until the stolen iPads try to access the internet. I’m sure their codes and IDs are already in a database waiting for some idiot to get online.

  • Eric Swinson

    I find it hard to believe all 125 iPads were the 3G 64GB models. I think the loss should be a little south of $70k

    • mike

      add any damages to the store, the loss in display equipment, and the need to change any locks or replace display cases that may have been keyed the same as the stolen display case.

    • R_S

      Their actual loss as recognized by their insurance carrier will be the amount that they paid for them (wholesale) not the retail value.

  • duong phuoc

    Asian gangs… Probably Vietnamese Chinese did this…

    • Xarca

      Or eses.

    • avenger1

      more likely guidos ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • artemis133

      I call Amish.

    • Walljasper

      Those damned thieving Irish!

      • Tu

        Nanook of the north,
        Those pesky Eskimos!

    • Duong Phuoc Fuceek

      What is your name again, Is it Dong Me Suck?

    • Eric Long

      My guess is Whitey did it.

    • Josh

      I’m gonna go with midget clowns on unicycles. A whole platoon of the b@$t@rd$, led by a leprechaun riding a miniature unicorn from Zimbabwe.

    • Clayton Bigsby

      obv it was viking marauders. duh.

  • Mary Wright

    Its gonna be fun when the iPads tell the authorities where they are!

  • sailordude

    “Deputies reported to the store at 1127 Industrial Road at about 11:50 p.m., one minute after the commercial alarm began sounding”

    Those are some fast thieves if the cops were there ONE MINUTE after the alarm sounded!

    • andrewc

      almost like they knew where the merchandise was before they went in.

      • Rent A Yenta

        Hmm. Imagine that!

    • Guys Against Women

      so now everyone knows “GONE IN 60 SECONDS” is actually real life requirements to be successful. thanks.

  • Greg Buls

    Criminals are pressing in on us, from the top to the bottom: Criminal crony government, rigged gangster casino markets, counterfeit money the Fed generates at will, millions of looters who contribute nothing and bleed taxpayers dry, street criminals brazenly assaulting people in mob attacks, stores being overrun by gangs of ‘youth’, foreign criminal gangs dealing in theft of all kinds, millions of criminals strolling over our unprotected borders or paying human smugglers, giant pedophilia rings at ‘respectable’ institutions, et fricking cetera.

    • TheChairman

      Greg, you have summarized the dire situation facing the good citizens of the USA…

      In a word: lawlessness

      • Keith

        In a word: Anarchy

      • ex-infantry

        Exactly why I have a CHL and carry 24/7.

      • ex-infantry

        Oh, just realized this is in Kalifornia where only the rich and famous can get a CHL, but say the average Joe shouldn’t be allowed to carry. Isn’t it great that people who surround themselves with armed bodyguards deny others the ability to defend themselves?

  • Ella Stone

    at least they were not trying to live in a city park for free…

    • Joe ThePimpernel

      Free to them, but costing the city millions and driving local businesses to bankruptcy.

      But anybody trying to earn a living by selling stuff to other human beings is part of the 1%.

      If they were real human beings, they would work for free and give away all their products for free.

      Of course their suppliers would stop supplying them when they didn’t get paid, because they’re part of the 1% too.

  • Midge Masters

    They will phone home and the criminals will be in prison just in time for xmas.

  • dbatch1715

    Steve Jobs would be proud that they only stole I-Pads, not Microsoft junk.

    • Bruce

      Nice one!

      • ted

        gay comment

  • ThankstoU

    What’s it cost to have off-hours monitored video survelliance where they can put a camera on the perps immediately and initiate a response? $100/night?

    What’s an armed guard on property after hours run, $500/night?

    Combine the two at random locations on random nights and for an average of $300/night you have a pretty burglar proof inventory.

    • kenny

      Why do you need security when your merchandise will alert you to where it is?

    • Joe ThePimpernel

      Unless it’s an inside job.

    • SerfCityHereWeCome

      You’re forgetting that to qualify as a security guard you need a minimum of 25 violent felony convictions.

  • clown

    Just bought a super cheap Ipad on craigslist. guy was living in a van. i’m sure it was legit….he said he could sell me 500 more. lol. jk

  • George Johnson

    And lets not forget, the OWS crowd would be cheering these guys on. This is what they live for, stickin’ it to the man!! Dang that capitalism!!

  • patrick

    I do not understand how people who will be getting caught by using these think that it is worth the prison term? No one will be able to use these with the serial numbers waiting to be used via the internet. As soon at they go online they will be caught. Why not work the hours and buy one. Even at min. wage that is less than a week of work. Versus a year in county or even probation its not worth the fines and penalties. We are just one diasaster from total chaos here in California. The mobs of ignorant and violent youth that care only about how they are seen and what they got instead of real values are angry at whitey and those that have what they want, only a matter of time until they swarm.

    • Ted

      If you have to measure your gadget budget by how many weeks of work it will take to gt the gadget, then you are too poor to afford gadgets. Gadgets are for people with disposable income, not losers who have to hock their granny for an iPad.

  • Herb

    I’m not sure which is more unbelievable. The fact that the burglars were able to do all of what the article reports and be clean gone in less than a minute. Or that the cops showed up only one minute after the alarm went off.

    • ex-infantry

      I seriously doubt the cops were there one minute after the alarm went off. They were likely there one minute after being dispatched to check the alarm (which itself is a damn excellent response time – average response time in my city is 7 minutes between dispatch and officer arriving on scene. Must have been a car right there). There is a delay between the alarm going off, dispatch getting the notification of the alarm from the alarm company, and dispatch assigning a unit to the location.

      More likely, the police were there 5-10 minutes after the alarm initially went off.

  • Mike Orsburn

    they obviously hid in the store and then broke out geniuses.

  • ironbill

    Any potential buyer with half a brain will see it’s hot. As soon as it connects to the internet it will scream “stolen” and the sucker that bought it will quickly give up whomever he bought it from.
    The real losers are the consumers who’ll have to pay more at Best Buy to make up for the loss/increased insurance premium

    • Bubbles

      Being forced to purchase all of my electronics at Best Buy is really breaking my bank account.

  • BSG78

    When I lived in Florida this kind of crime was going on and it was an inside job at the Rent A Centers. The employees would take the electronics off the walls, out the back door, then come back in and make it look like a break in. By the time the alarm went off the truck with the electronics was long gone.

  • Ted

    Those iPads were “liberated” from Best Buy, just like the OWS squatters “liberate” homes from WAMU.

    What’s the prob?

  • Chris

    The I-pad will I-rat!

  • seeker469

    If these people were smart enough to get through the door and the pull-down gate, and then have a vehicle ready to have the iPads loaded and gone within a minute, they are likely smart enough to know what precautions must be taken to not get caught with the goods.

  • Al Tango

    Best Buy has all the serial numbers of the stolen devices, so when the end user activates his device, over-the-internet alarms will go off. Tracking will commence and people will be arrested. Stealing one of these is grand theft, a felony. But alas, California lets no crime go punished, so Best Buy will be sued for the money it lost.

    I hope these crinals are captured outside of California.

    Stupid criminals, liberal democrats, same thing.

    • Dave Mowers

      That’s right steal from a retail store your a major criminal, steal billions from your clients accounts at MF Global and you’re just really smart and deserve a golden parachute with bonus.

    • Dave2

      Yep, unfortunately in California DOES let crimes go unpunished now! They’ll do very little time…maybe several months to a couple years in a county jail because the prisons are so full and the state makes the county take them, then the counties let them get out early. Thanks Dems!

      • Bubbles

        As long as the thieves didn’t break the on-box security tape or void any warranties, everything will work out ok.

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