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The ugly, scary year in Apple iPhone and iPad thefts

Bob Brown | Oct. 9, 2012
Apple iPhones and iPads have become the new must-have item -- for thieves.

* Taking an iPhone from a baby: The Sun of London reported on a theft by a man caught on a Northern England store security camera taking an iPhone from a baby in a stroller while the child's mom shopped for clothes. (See video here.)

* Violent turn: In February, The New York Post reported that an 81-year-old man was shoved onto the tracks at a Brooklyn subway station after chasing a teen who allegedly stole his iPhone.

* iPad thefts via Craigslist: San Diego police arrested a suspect over the summer who was accused of answering Craigslist ads for iPads, pulling guns on the would-be sellers and walking off with the Apple tablets.

* More subtle iPhone, iPad crime: At first the FBI got the blame, but later an app development company called BlueToad acknowledged that its database of Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch unique device identification (UDID) numbers was breached, enabling a hacker claiming affiliation with AntiSec to steal and then leak 1 million of the UDIDs, possibly compromising Apple customer privacy.

* Counterfeit iPhones: Wondering why that iPhone you bought from the guy with the trench coat was so cheap? Counterfeit versions are said to be many, as was the case in a Washington, D.C.-area incident involving a father-son operation.

Shown at right, a portion of seized counterfeit iPhone rear panels, phone covers, and chargers with a street value of approximately $250,000 in Los Angeles in this handout photograph taken Oct. 23, 2011. The items were believed to have been imported from China.

Steve Jobs' Humble Home

* Ultimate iPad theft: A suspect was arrested over the summer in California after the home of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was burglarized, with a few iPads, an Apple TV and other items being taken. Reportedly, the theft was random and the suspect did not realize it was Jobs' family's home.



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