In a bizarre and daring incident that unfolded in China, authorities recently apprehended a woman attempting to steal an iPhone 14 Plus, valued at 7,000 yuan (equivalent to approximately $823), from an Apple store. What set this heist apart was the audacious manner in which she went about it – quite literally sinking her teeth into the store’s security measures.
The woman, who goes by the name Ms. Qiu and hails from Fujian province in southeastern China, was captured on surveillance cameras leaning over the display counter. She nonchalantly interacted with the coveted device before embarking on a surprising act of theft: calmly chewing through the security cable that firmly held the phone in place. Once the cable had been severed, she swiftly concealed the phone in her bag and made her exit from the store.
Unbeknownst to Ms. Qiu, vigilant store employees quickly noticed the missing iPhone and the conspicuously chewed cable, which triggered an alarm. Unfortunately, the staff failed to recognize the alarm as they approached Ms. Qiu, who adeptly pretended to be an ordinary customer absorbed in using the stolen phone.
The audacity of Ms. Qiu’s actions only became evident after she left the store. Store personnel, upon reviewing the surveillance footage, immediately notified the authorities. Remarkably, within just 30 minutes of the theft, Ms. Qiu was apprehended outside her residence.
It’s important to note that the iPhone 14 series had been launched in India the previous year, boasting models such as the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. While the iPhone 14 shared some similarities with its predecessor, the 2021 iPhone 13, the Pro models of the iPhone 14 came with significant improvements, including a more powerful processor and the widely discussed dynamic island notch design.
Ms. Qiu reportedly informed the police that her initial intention was to purchase a new device at the store after losing her phone. However, upon seeing the prices, she resorted to stealing one instead.