A report in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper notes that "an unknown stock" (i.e. number) of refurbished iPhones were stolen from the Apple Store at University Village near the University of Washington.
The devices, which were stolen on Monday, were slated to go on sale almost immediately.
How? Seattle police said the burglar(s) cut a large hole in the ceiling of a technician's room. In addition, cables were cut, allowing the thief(ves) access to 20 Mac laptops that had been serviced and were awaiting pickup by their owners.
I would hope the thieves aren't planning to fence these iPhones and Macs by selling them to U of W students. eBay would be too obvious, as well. More likely, the burglars have real-world intermediaries that are going to play the fencing game.
Mobsters who came here from formerly Communist countries? Not out of the realm of possibilities.
Sure as hell hope they get caught.