Calgary

Thieves snatch dozens of iPhones from Chinook Apple Store

A group of men in sunglasses and hooded sweatshirts stole dozens of iPhones from the Apple Store located in Calgary's Chinook Centre on Saturday night, Calgary police said.

The men were caught on surveillance video, police say

Thieves wearing sunglasses and hooded sweatshirts made off with dozens of iPhones from the Apple Store in the Chinook Centre on Saturday night, police said. (Yuya Shino/Reuters)

A group of men in sunglasses and hooded sweatshirts stole dozens of iPhones from the Apple Store located in Calgary's Chinook Centre on Saturday night, Calgary police said.

"We had seven males run into the Apple Store and steal a number of iPhones on display and quickly leave the store again," said Paul Teworte with Calgary police.

The iPhones stolen were functional demo units, Teworte said, and could possibly show up on online retail platforms.

"When purchasing used cell phones, specifically those sold online through a social media platform or a buy and sell site, always ask for the [International Mobile Equipment Identity, or IMEI] number," Teworte said.

IMEI numbers can be checked online to determine whether cellphones are stolen or lost.

"Oftentimes, when a potential buyer asks the seller for an IMEI number, if the phone is stolen oftentimes the seller will simply not respond," Teworte said.

The males were caught on surveillance video and police are working to identify them, Teworte said. 

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.