Atlanta thefts, ax-wielding iPhone sales, and Josh Brolin in the Apple Crime Blotter


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Three car break-ins of iPads and MacBooks in the city of Atlanta, an iPhone sale ends with a brandished ax, and more from the Apple Crime Blotter.

The latest in an occasional series, looking at the world of Apple-related crime.

Woman arrested for identify fraud at Massachusetts Apple Store

A woman from New Hampshire was arrested at an Apple Store in Cambridge, Mass., where she was attempting to pick up a $2,000 order that police say was purchased using a stolen credit card.

According to The New Hampshire Union Leader, the 24-year-old woman is accused of stealing another woman’s identity and using that person’s credit card for purchases. The woman was charged with receiving stolen property over $1,200, identity fraud, larceny over $1,200, and possession of a false Registry of Motor Vehicles document.

iPhone seller accused of wielding ax at buyer

A third party iPhone sale in Ohio went awry in early October, allegedly leading one of the parties to wield an ax at the other. reports one man arranged to purchase an iPhone from the other, but when the buyer tried to put a SIM card in the phone, the seller grabbed the money and ran away.

But when the buyer went to speak to the seller, the latter man “became aggressive and was carrying an ax.” The seller also claimed that the buyer “was rude to his mother,” although he was not able to produce promised surveillance footage of the incident.

The kerfuffle ended with the buyer refusing to come to a police station to unlock the iPhone because “I don’t trust you guys.”

Over 2,000 iPads have been stolen from New York students

The Department of Education in New York City purchased 300,000 iPads for distance learning this year, but nearly 2,000 of them have been reported stolen, according to a report by NY1. The iPads were not all stolen at once, but some were stolen by package thieves.

The DOE has said that they will replace the iPads at no cost, although one woman said there have been delays in the replacements.

Man charged with iPad thefts from college in Minnesota

A 52-year-old Minnesota man was charged with third-degree burglary for his alleged part in the theft of several iPads from the campus of Bemidji State…