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'Smash and grab' robbery at NJ Apple Store

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Police are searching for the five bandits who hit the Apple Store in Marlton, New Jersey.

It happened shortly after 2:00 a.m. at the Promenade Shopping Center on Route 73.

The thieves broke into the store through the plate glass window, and then scooped up merchandise like a holiday shopping spree.

Security video showed the fast-paced robbery.

It's after closing and the security guard is seen making his rounds in the store.

But, at 2:05 a.m., thieves hit the store's plate glass door with a blunt object. Like professionals, they bring it shattering down with one strike.

Then, with precision timing, the five men enter the store and clean house like there's no tomorrow. Each one moved in a different direction, lifting Macbook Pros which can run upwards of $3,000.

In all, they took 23 Macbook Pros, 14 iPhones and nine iPod Touches.

It all happened in 31 seconds flat.

Later, the security guard is seen running in, after the thieves had practically picked the place clean leaving only the price tags behind.

The thieves seemed savvy enough to know how to play the guard, making a gesture like they were in possession of a handgun.

The cameras showed that two of the suspects were wearing black sweatshirts and a third was wearing a red vest with a light colored long sleeve shirt underneath.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 856-983-1118 or the confidential tip line at 856-988-4699.

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