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Apple Store in Roseville suffers more robberies; suspects in custody

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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The “Apple Thieves” might have been caught  as the Galleria’s Apple Store suffered an additional string of robberies at about 7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. Monday and Wednesday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials.

Three suspects are in custody, according to Roseville Police Department spokesman Rob Baquera.

Juwan Potter 20, Melvin Barlow 21, and Quincy Carter Jr. 22, were arrested on charges that include shoplifting. Whether the “Apple Thieves” are responsible for nearly $80,000 worth of merchandise stolen remains to be seen as law enforcement officials would not confirm or deny if they are related, by press time.  

The Roseville Police Department issued a press release as of 2:15 p.m. Thursday when details were released on the suspects: “The Roseville Police Department is working directly with Apple loss prevention staff to investigate and identify all suspects in this crime series. We started working with Apple from the initial incident in August. We’ll continue to collaborate with Apple security personnel on this incident and all previous incidents to identify and apprehend the suspects involved. The Roseville Police Department is committed to working together with Apple loss prevention to provide a safe shopping experience in Roseville.

Searching the neighborhood Wednesday near Cresthaven Park in Roseville, police took three suspects into custody, according to a press release Wednesday from the Roseville Police Department.

This marks the fifth time that the store has been hit in the last month, three times in the past five days. The first robbery was on Aug. 14 when more than $20,000 worth of iPhones and iPads were stolen, according to law enforcement officials.

Iphones and iMacs were also stolen Sunday and Monday, according to law enforcement officials.

“It is unknown at this time if it’s the same suspects,” said Baquera on Tuesday regarding Sunday’s and Monday’s robberies.

However, a similar strategy was used in those robberies.

“It was the same method of operation for the crime,” Baquera said. “The suspect group enters, then proceeds to cut the cords off all electronic devices on display, take the items and then escape very quickly.”

This particular string of robberies is not usually seen in the area.

“Sporadic, small-value theft of cell phones is a consistent crime trend. It’s very uncommon for us to see this high-value, multi-person and coordinated theft of phones/computers,” Baquera said. “We normally see an uptick of crime over the holiday season but I wouldn’t relate the Apple Store theft(s) to a common holiday-crime trend.”  

Detailed descriptions and photos of the suspects from the Aug. 20 theft, along with the original report, is online at thepresstribune.com/article/8/16/18/apple-thieves-get-away-over-20000.

 

Cell phone fever   

On two separate incidents last week, Roseville Police also responded to cell-phone stores that suffered robberies.

“In these incidents, we were able to locate suspects and arrest individuals in connection with the theft.” Baquera said. “At this time, we don’t believe the individuals arrested for these two incidents are connected with the Apple Store theft(s).”  

On Sept. 7,  three juveniles were arrested for robbing the T-Mobile store on Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville, according to Baquera. On Aug. 28, one suspect was arrested for robbing the AT&T store on Douglas Boulevard in Roseville.