If you've never been to an Apple retail store, it can be a pretty neat experience. Apple has just about every system they make on display so that potential buyers can play with a system before making the purchase. The entire entryway to the store is usually glass with two tall glass doors. There are no metal bars or grate fencing, after all that kind of stuff would clash Apple's style and fashion.
Five thieves broke into Apple’s Sagemore store in Marlton, NJ (about 30 min East of Philly, PA) and took advantage of Apple's glass store front and open displays. After smashing through the front door, and allegedly threatening the security guard with a weapon, the thieves made off with 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPod Touches. From break-in to getaway took just 31 seconds.
While the report doesn’t provide specifics as to the models stolen, I’d guess the low value would be over $40,000 with the actual value being several thousand more.
The security footage of the heist has been obtained by WPVI-TV (ABC News):
There have been a number of recent stories about would be crooks stealing iPhones only to be apprehended quickly by police thanks to Apple's new "Find my iPhone" feature available to MobileMe subscribers using the iPhone 3.0 OS. I would have to assume that Apple has something like that, if not more sophisticated, in place for their display units. If you have any information in regards to this burglary, please contact the local authorities at (856) 983-1118 or the confidential tip line at (856) 988-4699. [Source: Mashable]