Apple stores ram raided

Apple stores ram raided

Thieves hit two Sydney stores taking $100,000s in stock

Two Apple retail stores were the victims of ram-raids last month, with significant amounts of stock taken in both locations.

First to be hit in the early hours of January 24 was Next Byte's Balmain store on Darling Road. Joint managing director, Tim Kleeman, was unwilling to be quoted on details of the raid. However, a local report in the Village Voice newspaper blamed a gang, which had allegedly hit five other stores along Darling Road over the past eight weeks, as being responsible for the crime.

Just 24 hours later, Academy Store in Bondi Junction was also ram-raided in the early hours of the morning. Witnesses told police that a Subaru Liberty was seen driving from the area. The car was later recovered at Lilyfield and was being forensically examined, a police statement said.

Managing director, Ben Morgan, said more than $200,000 worth of equipment had been stolen from his store, including MP3 players, monitors, laptops and video cameras.

"It's just disgusting that these individuals think this activity is acceptable," he said. "It's an expensive process too, with our front entrance being out of action. People are currently entering via our side fire escape."

Academy Store is currently rebuilding its entrance to be more ram-raid proof. The new layout will include a dual set of entry doors with bollards placed in between.

While there is no indication that the two Apple ram-raids were related, Balmain-based police commander, Wayne Cox, said it had set-up a general taskforce to examine ram-raid crimes in Sydney. This included the Balmain and Bondi Junction incidents.

Cox said Strike Force Ashford would be operating out of Redfern police station.

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