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Caught on Video: Thieves Ransack Apple Store in 31 Seconds


In about the time it takes to send a tweet, five masked men cleaned out a Marlton, New Jersey Apple Store in the wee hours of yesterday morning. It took about 31 seconds for the men to shatter a plate-glass door, sprint inside the store, and collect 23 Macbook Pro laptops, 14 iPhones and 9 iPod touch handhelds, according to The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). The only way they could've pulled off the heist any faster would be if they'd driven a race car through the store.

There was a security guard on duty during the robbery, but the thieves knew how to work him, too. They motioned at him as if they were holding guns, and, judging by the above video from WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, the guard just cowered in the corner. Who can blame him? Those devices aren't worth his life. Besides, shouldn't Apple install some metal gates in front of those doors? The store front might not look as sleek or hip, but it'd be a lot safer. [From: The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)]
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