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Apple Aus Stores Hit For $300K

A group of armed burglars have gone on a rampage through Perth, smashing their way into Apple stores and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of devices.

At around 2:15am yesterday morning, as many as six men broke into the Apple Perth City store on Hay Street, smashing through the store’s glass front with a sledgehammer.

The group took off after getting spooked by a passing taxi while trying to break into a secure area in the store.

It’s believed they then headed south to the Garden City Apple Store at Booragoon, smashing their way again before threatening security staff and snatching phones at around 2:55am.

Two cars believed to be involved in the raids were found burnt out in Perth’s southern suburbs yesterday.

Police said the burglars made off with around $300,000 worth of stock.

The stores were closed for several hours, with 9News observing some customers being served on the street outside the Perth City store.

WA Police are warning against buying the stolen devices on the black market.

“The manufacturer know what phones have been stolen and security measures will be enabled, these telephones are useless,” Detective Senior Constable Matt Whelan said.

The value of the phones on the black market is also likely to be hit by the expected official unveiling of new iPhone models next Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.

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