Here's a pretty slick grift: A man claiming he was a messenger picking up iPhones managed to get away with $58,000 worth of the gadgets last month, according to the NYPD.
The incident took place at the Apple Store at 401 West 14th Street, in the Meatpacking District on September 14th, 2017. Right after the store opened at 9:06 a.m., police say the impostor entered the store and told an employee "he was a messenger and was there for a pick up." The employee handed over three boxes of Apple phones totaling approximately $58,000.
The suspect, who fled in a white Ford van with unknown license plates, is described as being about 45-55 years old, 5'10" and 195 pounds with a bald head. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black sneakers and camouflage pants. Authorities also released security camera footage:
Impersonation theft is nothing new at Apple store: Last year, a man who put on a blue shirt with the Apple logo, similar to the ones employees wear, managed to enter a repair room and steal 19 iPhones. You just never know who really works there, do you?
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.