Police: Thieves steal from Apple stores in Brickell, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale

MIAMI – Detectives were searching for the thieves who recently targeted Apple stores in Fort Lauderdale, Aventura Mall, and Miami’s Brickell neighborhood.

Surveillance video shows the suspects who pretended to buy three MacBooks while scamming the Apple employee at the store in Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale, police said.

The scammers used a prepaid card and when the card didn’t go through for the over $10,000 owed they grabbed the Apple employee’s tablet and changed the amount, police said.

It wasn’t the only theft at the store in Fort Lauderdale, police said. Detectives believe the clever fraudsters were involved in a burglary at the Apple store at Aventura Mall.

At the store at Brickell City Center, thieves stole five iPhones and three Apple pens. Detectives believe these thieves are selling the stolen goods online.

Detectives were asking anyone with information about the cases to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.