A group of five Amazon employees have been arrested for stealing iPhones from a logistics center in the Spanish capital, Madrid, in an operation believed to have included the theft of 500,000 euros ($ 592,000) in goods.
The arrests were made after an internal investigation conducted by Amazon itself, and the discovery of problems in some of the parcels sent to customers due to the weights of some of them differing from the actual expected weight. The discovered differences prompted Amazon to install hidden cameras to see what was happening.
IPadizate reported that Amazon had confirmed that a group of workers was secretly placing new iPhones, such as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, in orders, to replace the merchandise already ordered before it was dispatched.
Amazon arrested three of the five people involved in the theft ring upon leaving work, then a fourth was arrested while on duty, and the fifth surrendered to the police voluntarily. Now the five employees Amazon fired from work are awaiting trial.
It was found that the workers were in possession of ten iPhones that were to be sent in the same way. They were also carrying a slew of stickers with IME numbers, apparently torn from the boxes to block the investigation.
As investigations continue to determine where the sent iPhones have ended, it is not unlikely that more people will be arrested. This; The group’s stolen iPhones are estimated to be worth half a million euros.
It is noteworthy that the sheer popularity and distinct nature of iPhones make them a target for theft. And last March, a number of devices worth 3 million euros were stolen from Schipol Airport in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, and Apple Watch watches, worth 530,000 euros, were stolen last May.
In previous news related to iPhone phones, analyst (Ming-Chi Kuo) said that Apple will not soon launch a new iPhone SE, or possibly iPhone SE Plus, in early 2021.
The analyst – who is considered the most famous for Apple’s leaks – said that the earliest time to launch a new iPhone SE would be during the second half of next year.