Apple Store Design Enticing Robbers? - NBC Chicago

Apple Store Design Enticing Robbers?

Naperville police sergeant says glass facade is a concern



    Naperville police sergeant says glass facade of store that's been hit three times is a concern. (Published Wednesday, April 6, 2011)

    Naperville's police sergeant on Wednesday said it's not unique that an Apple store in the community has been the victim of smash-and-grab style robberies multiple times.

    "Not so much," said Sgt. Greg Bell.  "In Pittsburgh, just recently the Apple store there was burglarized three times."

    Five masked robbers stole about $30,000 worth of computer equipment in under a minute early Monday from a west suburban Apple store.  It was the third robbery at the same store within the last nine months.
    Bell admitted that the store's design, with giant glass doors and a glass facade, is a concern.

    "We have made recommendations to them to make things more difficult, but that is a decision Apple Corporation will have to make," said Bell.
    He said the company has not told him of any plans to used armed guards.

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    Earlier this week, an armed guard at Apple's Chula Vista store outside San Diego killed a robber during a shootout.

    The crimes have Mac-addicts lamenting.

    "It's getting ridiculous," said Kathy Neundorf.  "Poor Apple."

    "I just hope that it stops because it's so good to have them here in town," added David Bast.

    Anyone with information on the Naperville heists should call Crime Stoppers at 630-420-6006. Callers can remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.