A gang of thieves made off with huge plunder of Apple products, including iPhones and Apple Watches worth 5 million pounds ($6.6 million/ Rs 49,30,00,000) in a major heist at a UK motorway.
British police are after the group since the heist took place at M1 motorway in England’s Northamptonshire last Tuesday evening.
The thieves reportedly tied up the Truck’s driver and guard and took the vehicle to a nearby industrial region where the load was transferred to a second vehicle within there, Reuters reported.
According to the report, the undisclosed number of thieves then drove the vehicles to the town of Lutterworth, Warwickshire, some nine miles away from Northamptonshire, where they reportedly unloaded the truck and took the third trailer.
Some 48 pallets of Apple products stolen included iPhone 11s, iPads, chargers, AirPods, and Apple Watches were added during one of the trailer transfers, multiple British media reports say.
Police said while both the truck driver and guard were not hurt, since no weapons were used in the heist, they are nonetheless traumatized and received some minor injuries while being tied up.
Police have broadcasted the urgent need for information from anyone who was offered Apple products under unusual circumstances or low-prices.
“Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a number of vehicles on the slip road at Junction 18 between the stated times, which may have looked out of place, or who may have dash-cam footage of this area,” a statement from the Northamptonshire Police read.
Caught in their own game?
While the thieves have apparently made off with the highly valued Apple device, the iPhone maker is also not hailed for their stringent security in their device, without any reason.
Most probably, tech news website 9to5 noted, Apple will have tracking devices installed in their shipments, and as soon as the devices from the stolen lot will be powered on and connected to the internet, the tech giant will be able to remotely brick the devices.
The thieves nonetheless have high chances of being caught in their game. Apple has not responded to Reuter’s request for comments.
Anyone with any information relating to the incident has been urged to call police on 101 quoting reference number 20000595599. Or alternatively, one can choose to stay anonymous and call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.