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Japanese robbers steal £60,000 worth of iPhone 5s just before launch

Laura Barnes
Japanese robbers steal £60,000 worth of iPhone 5s just before launch

Ahead of today’s launch, a Japanese gang spent the early hours stealing all the iPhone 5s they could from a number of Osaka stores.

The goods, valued at around £60,000, were taken from three different stores in Osaka and the robbers where in and out of each store within 5 minutes.

The thieves targeted smaller Osaka stores rather than the flagship Tokyo shop, which saw 750 eager iPhone fans lining up overnight to get their hands on the new device.

33 iPhone 5s were stolen from an Au store in Ibaraki city, Osaka. 116 iPhone 5s were stolen from a Softbank store in Western Osaka at 4:24am. 42 iPhones were stolen from a nearby Au store at 2:30am.

So far the robbers haven’t been caught, but we wonder how long they can stay on the run with one of the most traceable products in the world.

Pre-orders of the iPhone 5 set a new company record and topped 2 million within the first 24 hours, Apple has said some pre-order customers would have to wait up to one month for a new iPhone to ship.

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Tags: Apple, iPhone 5, japan, Osaka, robbers

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