A pair of masked bandits are still at large after brazenly robbing a California Apple store in broad daylight on Black Friday, and video of the incident has gone viral showing staff watching on and warning customers against intervening as the thieves made away with tens of thousands of dollars in loot.
The footage taken from inside Apple’s flagship Palo Alto location shows the two suspects ripping iPhones from display tables and stuffing them into backpacks as dozens of shoppers looked on.
Employees can be heard telling customers, “You gotta back up, man,” and “Let ’em go,” deterring anyone from confronting the thieves. One onlooker can be heard asking, “Yo, should we stop ’em?” According to Palo Alto Online, police are still searching for the perpetrators, who made away with $35,000 in merchandise.
Palo Alto police Capt. James Reifschneider told the outlet an employee at the store during the heist heard one of the suspects threaten customers with physical violence if anyone made a move to try to stop them. He noted that the purported threat elevates the crime to robbery from a burglary shoplifting charge.
The suspects are both described as Black males in their late teens or early 20s. One was wearing a tan hoodie and jeans while carrying a red backpack, and the other wore a black and gray camouflage hoodie, black Adidas-type pants and carried a black Adidas backpack. (SOURCE)