This is the shocking moment a gang of thieves enter into an Apple store in New York and stole about $19,000 (N6.8 million) worth of iPhones from right under the nose of staff at the store.
The five hooded men were caught on CCTV at the outlet in Huntington Station casually browsing the wares for more than two minutes before ripping 21 iPhone 8s and iPhone Xs from their display holders and fleeing on foot.
Police are offering a reward of up to $5,000 (N1.8 million) for information about the brazen raid, which took place at around 8.20pm on Friday.
Footage shows the men calmly entering the store under the guise of customers as they approach the devices on display.
A staff member holding an iPad at the bottom of the frame notices the men but does not appear to be alarmed as they fan out across the store and start tapping away on the iPhones with their faces hidden.
While he deals with enquiries from genuine customers the thieves stalk from table to table, sizing up the valuables.
One man holds his hand across his face as he moves around the store but his behaviour does not appear to arouse suspicion.
The thieves are even seen giving instructions to one another as they carefully watch the staff member’s movements and wait for their moment.
Sensing their opportunity, they then grab as many phones as they can and tear them from their security cables.
Outnumbered, the member of staff does not attempt to intervene and can only watch as the gang sprint out of the store.
‘Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the people who stole merchandise from a Huntington Station store earlier this month.
‘Five men stole 21 iPhone 8s and iPhone Xs valued at over $19,000 from the Apple Store, located at 180 Walt Whitman Road, at approximately 8:20pm on July 6, 2018.
‘The men grabbed the phones off a display table and ran from the store.
‘The men were all wearing hooded sweatshirts.