Open spaces might look nice, but they sure make it hard to stop a robbery.

James Martin/CNET

Apple’s signature open store design may score points for trendiness, but it’s also made the locations easy targets for robberies.

On Monday, an Apple Store in Costa Mesa, California was robbed by a group of five people who snatched $29,000 worth of merchandise from display tables. Earlier this month, thieves stole over $27,000 in phones and computers in Fresno, California, and more than $19,000 worth of iPhones from the store in Huntington Station, New York.

The display tables in Apple’s stores enable customers to test out its products. But they also make it easy for ill-intentioned people to grab devices and make a quick escape. The company’s pricey products are particularly enticing to crooks. Last month, thieves stole over $100,000 worth of Apple products at Best Buy by breaking into the roof. More than 300 iPhone X devices, worth over $370,000, were taken from a UPS truck in November.

Footage of Apple Store robberies highlight just how quickly thieves are able to get in and out with thousands of dollars in merchandise. They usually involve groups of men in hoodies who quickly grab an armful of products.

Apple prides itself on its stores’ open spaces and designs, and the entrances for many mall locations are pretty expansive. The goal undoubtedly is to lure people in, but all these robberies suggest that might be backfiring.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


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