Police are on the hunt for female thieves who they say are targeting local Apple stores.
“There are five females,” said Upper Merion Police Officer Harry Nuskey. “What happens is the females approach the store. Two of them stay outside and act as guards. Three of them will go inside. While inside, one of the females will distract the store staff. What they’ll do is they’ll take them to the other side of the store to look at merchandise while the other two take what they want. Then all five will leave together.”
Police say the group first targeted an Apple Store in the King of Prussia Mall back on January 3, swiping iPhones and iPads. The group allegedly returned to the same store the next day, once again stealing items while distracting employees.
“They don’t mind coming back,” Nuskey said. “They’re repeat offenders.”
Police also say the same group targeted an Apple Store at the Suburban Square shopping center in Lower Merion back on December 23. The women allegedly returned to Suburban Square on Christmas Eve and an employee called police. By the time police arrived however, the thieves were gone.
Sources also tell NBC10 the same group may be responsible for thefts at Apple stores in Philadelphia and Willow Grove.
At this point, police say they only have a vague description of the women. They are in the process of getting surveillance video from the Apple stores as the investigation continues.
If you have any information on the suspects, please call Lower Merion or Upper Merion Police.