Ever since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, reports have surfaced detailing smuggling and/or thievery attempts to try and get Apple’s latest iPhones into China.Both new handsets are quite popular in China, especially when weighed against the many occurrences where smugglers and thieves try to make a tidy sum from the handsets. Recently, a man was caught by law enforcement officials and found to be wearing 94 iPhones taped to his body. iPhones have even been smuggled into the region through Twinkies boxes.
Now, a new report that surfaced recently, which cites the arrest of three Chinese nationals at the end of December, shows that not even warehouses holding the devices are safe. According to the report, these three people broke into a warehouse within Beijing and stole 240 iPhones, which equals to about 1.4 million yuan, or $230,000. They were able to grab the phones and remove them from the warehouse through a hole that measured only 20 inches. The individuals then spent the money they earned from the devices they resold on cars, gold and gambling.
According to the report, the thieves were caught by tracing the serial numbers of the devices that were taken.
“Police said the three men broke into the facility between Dec. 12 and 13 via a 50-cm hole dug out of the wall. One suspect [surnamed withheld] used to work as a driver for the logistics company that owned the warehouse and was familiar with the site.
They later sold the gadgets and spent most of the money on cars, gold, and gambling.“
Indeed, this will surely not be the last report we see regarding individuals trying to steal iPhones, or smuggle them into certain countries.