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In the latest Apple Crime Blotter, a Yale administrator is convicted of stealing iPads, a superintendent is accused of sending threatening text messages from an Apple device and a serial thief is arrested in the UK.
The last of a chance AppleInsider feature, looking at the world of Apple-related crime.
Fake federal agents bought iPhones and other Secret Service goodies, indictment alleges
In early April, two men were charged by federal prosecutors with impersonating federal agents while providing expensive gifts to Secret Service agents. According to The Associated Pressthe two men falsely presented themselves as agents of the Department of Homeland Security, in order to “fit in with the real federal agents”.
One of the two men was accused of providing Secret Service employees with a penthouse apartment, as well as “iPhones, surveillance systems, a drone, a flat-screen TV, a generator, a gun case and other police tools”.
The two men, according to the report, told residents of their building that they “could access any of their cell phones at any time.”
Superintendent charged allegedly used Apple device to send threatening text messages
A Massachusetts school principal was arrested in early April for making false statements. The statements, prosecutors said, related to accusations that she sent threatening text messages to a candidate being considered for the job of police chief in the same city.
According to the US Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts, the candidate received nearly 100 text messages, which threatened to release information unless the candidate withdrew from consideration for the position. While the Superintendent claimed when questioned that she did not send the messages, evidence later emerged that she did.
The daily beast reported that investigators found the messages were sent from an Apple device registered with the superintendent, using a “burning app”.
Yale School of Medicine CFO pleads guilty to stealing thousands of iPads
The former director of finance and administration for Yale University’s Department of Emergency Medicine pleaded guilty in late March to federal charges that she stole more than $40 million worth of electronic devices from university and resold them.
The Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office said the woman spent several years ordering millions of dollars worth of electronic equipment with university money and then shipping those items to a company out of state. The woman pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and filing a false tax return.
National Housing Authority IT director pleads guilty to stealing and selling iPhones
The former director of information technology for the Newark Housing Authority in New Jersey has admitted to embezzling funds from the agency, as part of a plan to buy and then sell electronic devices.
The New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office writes that the man pleaded guilty to carrying out the scheme over an eight-year period, between 2013 and 2021.
NJ.com said the thefts included the iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro Max models.
Maryland man pleads guilty to multiple iPhone thefts
A 22-year-old Maryland man has pleaded guilty to a series of thefts of iPhones from cell phone stores in Maryland and Virginia. According to Winchester starthe man’s method was to enter a store, distract an employee, cut security wires with a blade, and “stab” the employees before fleeing.
He was caught, in part, thanks to a search warrant on one of the phones, which tracked the man’s movements. He has since pleaded guilty in several jurisdictions.
Serial thief arrested after being confronted at UK Apple Store
A Brighton, UK man has been jailed for a series of thefts in the area, and in February he was confronted with security after entering the Apple Store in Churchill Square.
the Brighton and Hove News reports that the 34-year-old had been banned from Churchill Square for “persistent shoplifting and anti-social behaviour”, but was spotted there anyway. A month after the Apple Store confrontation, he was caught by CCTV stealing sunglasses from a Vision Express.
New Jersey suspected package theft ring
Burlington County, New Jersey police are investigating what they believe to be a package theft ring in the area, involving thieves wearing fake FedEx uniforms.
According to Fox 29, the accused thieves used a woman’s stolen credit cards to order a pair of iPhone 13s to be delivered to her home. The woman’s family then tracked the FedEx driver’s fake van, which they believe had stolen license plates.
FedEx is involved in the investigation, the broadcaster said.
Orange-haired woman charged with stealing iPhone from taxi
NYPD are looking for a woman with distinctive bright orange hair who was photographed using a cinder block to smash a cab window and steal an iPhone. The daily mail reports, the woman also took $40 in cash.