The New York Post is reporting that the NYPD detectives are investigating the theft of Apple electronics from a number of Target stores in the New York area. The report suggests that the theft was possibly linked to major computer hack that compromised the credit and debit cards of 40 million of Target’ customers recently.
Police reportedly discovered the theft of the Apple devices when they pulled over three men in a Dodge Caravan for blowing a red light. Inspection of the vehicle revealed a loaded 32-caliber handgun along with a large stash iPads and iPods in the trunk.
“A search of the vehicle turned up $20,000 worth of Apple goods in Target shopping bags inside the trunk. Receipts for the devices — 17 Apple iPad Airs, 11 iTouches and 14 iPad Minis — showed they had been purchased at area Targets, predominantly on Long Island,” Larry Celona reports for the NY Post. “The goods allegedly were bought with gift cards that had been purchased with stolen credit card.”
“The NYPD Financial Crimes Unit is investigating whether the stolen cards have anything to do with the unauthorized access over the past 2¹/₂ weeks of data from Target customers’ credit and debit cards,” the report said.