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    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2012
    CAMPBELL -- A trio of hooded thieves broke into an electronics store early Wednesday and returned twice to reload their bags with Apple products, prompting police to issue a warning that a glut of purloined iPads, iPods and iPhones may soon pop up on the Internet.  
    The thieves first went to the Fry's Electronics Store at 600 E. Hamilton Ave. shortly after midnight, prying open an exit door and breaking into the electronics cage inside the store, according to Campbell police.  
    They targeted Apple products, stuffing them into duffel bags or something similar, said police Capt. Dave Carmichael, then fled across the parking lot and through a hole they had cut in a perimeter fence to an awaiting car on the adjacent onramp to Highway 17.  
    They then came back twice, once around 2:30 a.m. and again at 4:30 a.m., police said.  
    "Maybe they'd realized that they went undetected, and thought it was worth the risk to go back for more," Carmichael said.  
    The total haul was valued at more than $163,000, police said.  
    Investigators are examining surveillance video and working with Fry's loss prevention staff and a regional computer crime task force to find the thieves and recover the property. Police put the word out Thursday for buyers to beware if offered Apple products from an online seller at a drastically discounted price.  
    "They have electronic serial numbers, and it can absolutely affect the ability to use the item," Carmichael  
    said. "They may end up having an item they can't use. Or it may be traced by police, and then they will be out their money and the item."  
    They would also be at risk of arrest for receiving and possessing stolen property, police said.  
    Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Campbell police at 408-866-2184. Anonymous tips can be made through Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2012
    ' No Evidence of Inside Job" -- The Fry's Electronics store on Hamilton Avenue was robbed Wednesday night, Campbell Police Capt. Charley Adams said.  
    Nearly 300 Apple products--iPods, iPads and iPhones--valued at $163,000 were stolen from the electronics store around 12:15 a.m., he said.  
    According to the police log, at least two, and as many as five suspects pried open the front exit door, pried open the electronics cage and stole numerous iPads, iPhones and iPods.  
    Investigators believe that these items will likely soon show up for sale on eBay and Craigslist, the Campbell Police Department press release stated.  
    "This is the largest theft in this location that I know of," Adams said.  
    According to the police log, the suspects fled to a waiting car on the southbound Hwy. 17 onramp through a hole they had cut in the east fence. The suspects were caught on video returning two more times later in the night to steal more merchandise.  
    The Campbell Police Department is asking the public to be extremely cautious of purchasing iPads, iPods, and iPhones from individual sellers and locations other than legitimate storefront retail locations, the release stated. The risk of receiving stolen property through individual online sales is high.  
    "We are making this public notification in an effort to protect the public from involvement in a criminal investigation and from risk of arrest for receiving and possessing stolen property," the release said.  
    Campbell Police are still investigating this incident, along with Fry’s Loss Prevention and the regional Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team task force, and although it is something police always look into, "there is no evidence that it is an inside job," Adams said.