Police warn of bad Apples that fell off the back of a truck after highway robbery

Driver and security guard tied up and 48 pallets stacked with Cupertino kit stolen


Northamptonshire Police in the UK have warned locals to be on the lookout for suspiciously well-priced Apple products after a literal highway robbery saw 48 pallets loaded with Cupertino kit stolen.

"The incident took place on the southbound slip road at Junction 18 of the M1, between 7.45pm and 8pm on Tuesday, November 10, when the lorry driver and security guard were targeted and tied up," says Northamptonshire Police's appeal for help solving the crime.

The appeal asks for help from anyone who has been offered "Apple products for sale in unusual circumstances, or who knows of anyone who is selling such items at low-cost prices."

You can also help if you were in the area and spotted something out of the ordinary at the time of the theft, or have dashcam footage from the area.

Places of interest include Eldon Close in the village of Crick, where police say the offenders transferred the trailer on to a waiting truck "and drove off leaving the lorry driver and security guard behind."

The truck used was found in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, just 12km to the North.

The Register used Google Maps to check out the location of the heist and couldn't help but notice that tech distributor Ingram Micro has a facility nearby and that Eldon Close is home to other logistics facilities.

Your humble hack suggests the Apple bandits were well aware of both factoids, targeted a shipment on its way to or from Ingram, and pulled into another logistics facility to swap loads while carrying on as if they absolutely had the right to be there.

And then they were gone.

Anyone with information is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 20000595599. Calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 is another, anonymous, reporting option. ®

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