In the 3 months since my phone was stolen, it never once connected to the Internet, preventing Find My iPhone from registering its existence ("Sound and Lost Mode Pending" until phone connects to Internet). That's how I know it was stolen by a pro network, working the busy Manhattan photocopy stores, swiping phones off counters when people like me are pre-occupied. The clerks at the store confirmed that this was a known (by them and the NYPD) and growing activity.
But it's probably won't be the thief that will be left holding the bag, but rather sucker who buys the loot off of them.
This robbery just shows you why some people stay poor. It has to do mostly with short-sightedness.
Unless they gut the existing hard drives, can they really even flip these devices? Find My Mac might foil their plans.
Assuming Apple is following best practices for MDM on iOS and Mac OS, these devices are pretty much useless for anything but parts (and even then: the logic boards are still useless).
There is literally 0 reasons to stop this crime unless you are law enforcement. You are not in Abidjan but the US. There is sufficient law to resolve matters.
I feel a certain distaste for everyone saying don't fight back. Why can't we say "I'm not going to fight in that situation, but it's ok if other people want to"?
> One customer right outside the entrance tried preventing the men from making a dash but fell down.