Shoplifting mob hits Naperville Apple store

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Naperville police on Monday continued their search for 10 people who stole nearly $9,000 worth of wireless telephones over the weekend from the Apple store in the city’s downtown.

Police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso confirmed the mass-shoplifting occurred about 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the store, at 120 W. Jefferson Ave.

“Ten subjects all walked in the store together … and grabbed a total of 15 cell phones off of display tables,” Cammiso wrote Monday in an email.

“The total loss on the full retail value is $8,835,” Cammiso said. “The (police) investigation continues.”

Cammiso did not comment further on the incident.

So-called “flash mobs” of shoplifters have become increasingly common in the Chicago area and elsewhere in the U.S. One such gang in June hit a K & G Clothing Superstore on Chicago’s south side for $2,200 worth of merchandise, while another did the same in November 2012 at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Rockford.

The Naperville Apple store also has been previously targeted by burglars, with one break-in occurring on Aug. 31, 2010.

Two, more sensational thefts occurred on Jan. 16 and April 4, 2011, when groups of burglars wearing hoods and ski masks broke down the doors and looted the shop. An estimated $30,000 worth of merchandise was stolen each time.

A telephone call to Apple’s corporate headquarters that sought comment on Saturday’s crime was not immediately returned.

Witnesses to the group shoplifting, or those who believe they have information about the case, can call Naperville police at 630-420-6666, or Naperville Crime Stoppers, at 630-420-6006. Callers can remain anonymous.

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