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SLO police help lead statewide investigation into Apple store robberies

Greta Mart/KCBX
Shown here, a typical night at the Apple store in downtown San Luis Obispo. It was robbed during daylight hours in June.

Seventeen people have been charged in connection with a series of robberies at Apple stores in California. As of Thursday afternoon, eight of those suspects are in custody. 

In almost every case, multiple suspects, wearing hoodies, walk into the Apple store, split up, grab iPhones, iPads and other display items and flee in a matter of seconds. The robberies have occurred in at least 19 counties, from Butte in the north to San Diego in the south. San Luis Obispo's Apple store was targeted on a Thursday afternoon in June, and the suspects got away with several thousands of dollars worth of products. 

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said more than a million dollars in merchandise has been stolen. Several stores have been hit multiple times.

The joint investigation is being led by the AG's office and the San Luis Obispo and Oakland police departments, with help from nearly 20 other agencies.

Oakland's police chief said the joint effort has resulted in the dismantling of a large criminal ring.

Attorney General Becerra's office would not respond to a Cap Radio request for an interview about the case.

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