In Osaka, Japan police say
that 191 iPhone 5s were stolen in the very early hours of Friday morning, just hours before the handsets were due to officially go on sale to the general public. When the dust had settled, the burglary ring was reported to have hit three different stores across Western Japan.
Police were alerted to one of the break-ins by residents who placed a call before 3 AM local time, saying that they saw figures running away from one of the stores that was burglarized. A few hours later another call went out from another store. This particular location had their entire stock of iPhones stolen.
While some might find it odd to target a cell phone as part of a large criminal enterprise but the smartphones have become big business. Estimates on the cost of the thefts tops
$100,000. Asian markets have already been reported to be setting up a black market
for the iPhone 5 thanks in large part to the huge popularity the new devices are seeing all over the world.
At the present time, no suspects have been named and no arrests have been made.