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Former NBA player Rex Chapman arrested after stealing over $14,000 in merchandise from an Apple store

AZfamily is reporting that former NBA star Rex Chapman was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday after stealing over $14,000 in Apple merchandise from an Apple retail store over the course of a few weeks. Chapman subsequently pawned the stolen goods for cold hard cash. Police began...

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A "Find my iPhone" story out of Scotland ends in an iPhone thief's death

The typical "Find my iPhone" story tends to have a heartwarming aspect to it; someone has their iPhone stolen, whereupon they use "Find my iPhone" to track down the thief and reclaim ownership of what is rightfully theirs. And just this week, we happened to cover a story detailing how the feature...

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Florida man scams Apple retail stores out of $309,768

In a rather offbeat and somewhat bizarre crime story, a Tampa Bay man was arrested earlier this month after managing to scam Apple out of $309,768. According to the Tampa Bay Times, 24-year old Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. frequented Apple retail stores 42 times across a number of states where he...

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"Apple Picking" crime wave targets watch-less iPhone owners

Smartphone theft is nothing new, but a new technique nicknamed "Apple Picking" is particularly brazen -- and according to recent reports from New York City and St. Louis, it seems to be spreading. The ordeal begins with the thief approaching a pedestrian and asking for the time (apparently you're...

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How "Find My Mac" helped track down two murder suspects

This past July, police in Ann Arbor, Michigan began investigating the shooting death of a 25-year old University of Michigan medical student named Paul DeWolf. Late at night on July 24, DeWolf was shot in the neck in what authorities now believe was a home invasion gone wrong. From the outset,...

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How safe is your neighborhood? CrimeReports can tell you

CrimeReports is a free universal app for iOS that collects crime reports from your local police and sex offender locations from a federal data base, and then superimposes that information on a map. If your local police agency is participating, you can also get email alerts about local crime. The...

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iOS 7 to include security feature dubbed 'Activation Lock'

Apple today unveiled a slew of new iOS 7 features, one of which aims to make the iPhone a less desirable device for thieves. With a new iOS 7 utility Apple calls "Activation Lock", thieves who attempt to turn off "Find my iPhone" will not be able to do so unless they have a user's iCloud...

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Undercover cops in San Francisco pose as iPhone thieves in order to arrest customers

It's no secret that the iPhone is a hot commodity amongst thieves; so much so that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went so far as to attribute the rise in New York City's 2012 crime rate to the increase in iPhone-related thefts. Underlying the prevalence of iPhone thefts is an extremely...

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Trader pleads guilty to making unauthorized purchase of nearly $1 billion in Apple shares

The FBI reports that a trader who last year made an unauthorized purchase of nearly US$1 billion worth of Apple stock has pled guilty to wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy. On October 25, 2012 -- the same day Apple posted its Q3 2012 earnings -- David Miller of Rochdale Securities made...

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Boulder Apple Store burglarized

The Boulder, Colo., Apple Store at 1755 29th Street was broken into around 2 AM Saturday morning, February 16th. According to reports, three large rocks were thrown through the Apple Store's glass door and found inside the store lying on the floor. The door itself was worth $100,000 and the...

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NYPD launches crime-reporting app for citizens

The New York Police Department has launched its first official app today. The NYPD app was designed to help facilitate the NYDP's mission to "enhance the quality of life in New York City by working in partnership with the community and in accordance with constitutional rights to enforce the...

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Daily Update for December 28, 2012

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player...

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Subway iPad theft leaves reporter with broken jaw

A new iPad, iPhone or other shiny electronic device is an attractive target for thieves, as Wall Street Journal reporter Rolfe Winkler now knows first-hand. But there are a few simple tactics to reduce your chances of having a device stolen from you, and the mobile industry is looking at...

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iPhones smuggled into China in beer bottles

It's pretty easy to understand most of this story. Someone in Hong Kong wanted to get a bunch of iPhones into Shenzen, China, so they decided to smuggle them across the border. That's illegal, but it makes sense. China charges heavy taxes on importing goods like these, and whoever ran this...

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Canadian customers get lumps of clay instead of iPads

Vancouver, B.C. resident Mark Sandhu bought a new iPad 2 for his wife for Christmas, but when she opened the box, she found a tablet of another kind: a big chunk of clay. Sandhu took his purchase back to Canadian retailer Future Shop and complained, but the store initially thought he was trying...

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