Thieves Smash Car Into Apple Store


Thieves smashed their car into the Apple store located at 4529 West 119th Street in Leawood, Kan., on Oct. 12, 2012.

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LEAWOOD, Kan. -- Employees spent Friday morning cleaning the damage from a smash-and-grab robbery at the Apple Store in Leawood overnight.

According to police, a suspect backed a stolen green Dodge Intrepid into the front window if the store around 2:30 a.m., smashing the glass window and bending the steel security gate. The suspects then rabbed merchandise from the front of the store and took off.

"They used the vehicle as a battering ram," said Officer Robert Mahon of the Leawood Police Department.  "It was just something that was thought out, some planning went into it."

Police were able to track the car to an apartment complex at 97th and Lydia in Kansas City, Missouri - where the owner of the car didn't even know that the vehicle had been stolen.

Authorities would not say exactly what was taken during the robbery, but Capt. Kevin Cauley with the Leawood Police Department says to be wary of cheap Apple products popping up for sale online.

"People need to be careful, especially with these Apple products. They all have special serial numbers and they are easy for us to look up so if they buy or they see a really cheap computer or something from Apple on eBay or Craigslist or whatever, and it turns out it's stolen and we track it down, we'll end up taking it for evidence," said Cauley.

This is the second smash and grab robbery at this Leawood Apple store in the past two years.

Back on October 7, 2010, police arrested a man who they say drove into the same Apple Store and stole iPhones and other merchandise.

"They actually installed the security gates beyond the glass after the 2010 incident.  So they're really working hard to prevent this stuff," said Officer Mahon.

Off-duty police officers will be standing guard at the store until repairs can be made. Authorities say that there is a lack of surveillance video at the store due to a technical problem, and that could make solving the crime harder - but not impossible.



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