Robbers Tie Up Lorry Driver On M1 Before Stealing £5m Worth Of Apple Products
Robbers tied up a lorry driver on the M1 before stealing £5 million ($6.63 million) worth of Apple products from their vehicle.
The theft took place on the southbound slip road at Junction 18 of the M1 in Northamptonshire between 7.45pm and 8pm last Tuesday (10 November).
The lorry driver and a security guard were tied up by the criminals and the lorry was driven to Eldon Close in Crick, where the offenders transferred the trailer on to an awaiting truck before driving off, leaving the lorry driver and security guard behind.
The truck was later found across the county border in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, where it is believed the offenders transferred the 48 pallets of Apple products into a third vehicle.
Northamptonshire Police are now appealing for the public to help them track down the culprits.
Officers are appealing for witnesses after £5 million of Apple products were stolen from a lorry during a robbery on the M1 motorway in Northamptonshire on Tuesday, November 10.https://t.co/bntZx8wSzN pic.twitter.com/cV3z0Tn9Td
- Northants Police (@NorthantsPolice) November 17, 2020
In a statement, the force said: "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.
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"They would also like to speak to anyone who may have been offered any Apple products for sale in unusual circumstances, or who knows of anyone who is selling such items at low-cost prices.
"Anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 20000595599. Or alternatively, if you wish to stay anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."
A few years ago, a man managed to steal 19 iPhones from an Apple store in New York by dressing like an employee.
The man donned a blue t-shirt emblazoned with the Apple logo and managed to walk right into a repair room, where he grabbed 19 phones from a drawer, worth a total of $16,130 (£12,159).
He then handed them to another thief who hid them under his top and they both left the store.
Thieves executed a very similar plot on two occasions in March 2016 in The Big Apple (as in New York, not a large Apple shop).
The first time around they stole eight iPhones worth more than $5,300 (£3,996), and during the second theft they took 59 iPhones worth $44,000 (£33,168).
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