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Stolen Apple Walnut Street iPhone tracked

A stolen iPhone notifies the user that it has been disabled and is being tracked.

Apple Retail Stores are targets of looting due to the high value of items that are on display.


Apple 4th Street boarded 2014-05-10

The Apple Store in Berkeley, California is boarded up after a smash & grab robbery in 2014.

Typical lootings are often carried out through smash and grab techniques by small parties. However, because Apple assigns unique serial numbers (such as IMEI) to its devices, stolen items will often be blacklisted and "bricked".[1] In 2018, seventeen suspects in California were arrested and charged with being part of a robbery ring to steal merchandise from Apple stores.[2]

Dumpster diving[]

Though in a legal gray area, scavengers are known to go "dumpster diving" around Apple stores to recover discarded merchandise in the hopes of finding a salvageable iPhone, especially when a store location is in the process of relocating. However, Apple's security discourages this practice as it may be hazardous.[3][4]

Yellow vests movement[]


Gilets jaunes le pillage de l'Apple store de Bordeaux

On December 8, 2018, looters broke into the Apple Store on rue Sainte-Catherine in Bordeaux, France during the Yellow vest protests across France.[5] By December 9, Apple stores in Paris on the Champs-Élysées and next to the Théâtre National de l'Opéra were boarded up and fortified after being damaged during ensuing riots.[6]

George Floyd protests[]

Apple Pioneer Place boarded 2020-06-02 Floyd mural

Apple Pioneer Place in Portland, Oregon has been decorated with a mural of George Floyd.

In late May 2020, Apple stores in the United States were targeted for vandalism and/or looted during protests over the death of George Floyd.[1][7] Melrose Mac, an Apple Authorized Reseller and Premier Partner based in Hollywood, was looted and burned.[8] On May 31, only 42 of 271 locations in the United States remained open out of concern for customer and employee safety. 56 were closed due to the conditions related to the protests while others remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] Damaged stores were closed for repairs, and high-risk locations were pre-emptively boarded up.[10] Some boarded-up stores were decorated with murals and became gathering places for Black Lives Matter marches.[11][12] Stores that were hit included:[13]

May 28:

May 30:

May 31:

June 1:



North American stores that were boarded up or barricaded, though not necessarily looted:[10][29]
(in alphabetical order by state, then city)

Microsoft retail stores were also affected and some were looted. On June 26, 2020, Microsoft announced that it would shutter all but four of its locations permanently.[30][31]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Apple Stores smashed and looted amid George Floyd protests by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider. 2020-05-31.
  2. 17 people busted in $1 million Apple store robbery ring, California officials say by Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle. 2018-09-27.
  3. How to Dumpster Dive, wikiHow. 2020-03-29.
  4. Found working iPhone 8 Plus!! Apple Store dumpster diving!!! by Wauconda Broke Boy, 2019-02-17.
  5. Apple Store looted by French ‘yellow vest’ protesters, PhoneWeek UK. 2018-12-11.
  6. Bordeaux Apple store robbed and vandalized in French riots, 9to5Mac, 2018-12-09.
  7. Apple Stores in Minneapolis and Portland were hit by Rioters Overnight by Jack Purcher, Patently Apple. 2020-05-30.
  8. 8.0 8.1 'Burnt but ... not broken' by Bryan Denton, L.A. Biz. 2020-05-31.
  9. Here are the 42 US Apple Stores open today. by Michael Steeber, Twitter. 2020-06-01.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Apple Stores smashed and looted amid George Floyd protests by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider. 2020-06-01.
  11. George Floyd mural on boarded up Apple store by Sergio Olmos, Twitter. 2020-06-01.
  12. Boarded up Apple Stores become unofficial canvases for peaceful protest by Michael Steeber, AppleInsider. 2020-06-03.
  13. Apple temporarily closes US retail stores in wake of widespread looting and protests by Michael Steeber, AppleInsider. 2020-05-31.
  14. Apple Uptown's windows were shattered last night during the Minneapolis protests... by Michael Steeber, Twitter. 2020-05-28.
  15. Apple Uptown in Minneapolis has permanently closed by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac. 2020-10-22.
  16. Police arrest 8 more people tied to Saturday night’s riots in & around Scottsdale Fashion Square, bringing the total number of arrests to 20 for crimes committed during Saturday’s civil unrest. Police recovered more than $46,000 of stolen property. by Trisha Hendricks, Twitter. 2020-06-04.
  17. Reopening tomorrow, September 9: by Michael Steeber, Twitter. 2020-09-00.
  18. [The @Apple store in the @WestfieldCC was looted last night. Employees are assessing the damage now. by Jacki Karsh, Twitter. 2020-05-31.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Update: Over 30 stores in the US and Canada open this week by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac. 2020-06-23.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Reopening tomorrow: Apple Carnegie Library in DC and Apple Walnut Street in Philadelphia, two of the most heavily damaged during protests. Reclosing tomorrow: Apple Augusta in Georgia and Apple Fashion Fair in Fresno by Michael Steeber, Twitter. 2020-07-07.
  21. NYC protest aftermath shows burned NYPD car, vandalized Apple store by Jackie Salo, New York Post. 2020-05-31.
  22. Downtown SLC protest turns violent: National Guard called, Mayor issues curfew by Mark Klekas, KJZZ. 2020-05-3o.
  23. Just went by Apple Georgetown. Was broken into even though they boarded up last night. by Drew, Twitter. 2020-06-01.
  24. Looks like looters tried to break into San Francisco Apple store. by Michael Kan, Twitter. 2020-05-31.
  25. Updated the reopening tracker with exact dates for all stores this week. 5 in Canada and 55 in the US open tomorrow. 16 in the US open Saturday. Bellevue Square, reopened and then vandalized, reopens again tomorrow. by Michael Steeber, Twitter. 2020-06-16.
  26. (Naperville IL) Peaceful heart shaped signs with BLM on them, yet yelled at & ripped down from people driving by. Absolute disgusting, but not surprised. by Katie McNally, Twitter. 2020-06-02.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Apple Stores continue reopening this week, including locations in Chicago, Minnesota, Ontario, more by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac. 2020-06-23.
  28. Providence Place was on the night of June 1: by Michael Steeber, Twitter. 2020-06-03.
  29. Photos show Apple stores being boarded up across the US as protests over George Floyd's death sweep the nation by Lisa Eadicicco, Business Insider. 2020-06-01.
  30. Microsoft Is Permanently Closing Its Retail Stores by Todd Haselton, NBC4 New York. 2020-06-26.
  31. Microsoft is closing all of its stores by Shannon Liao, CNN Business. 2020-06-26.

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