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Law enforcement officials in the California Bay Area have announced several arrests spanning the entire state, with all of the alleged perpetrators accused of being involved in the recent rash of brazen Apple Store thefts.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, which cited law enforcement sources, seven arrests were made in Oakland Wednesday, in connection with the recent spate of Apple Store thefts throughout the state of California.
"These arrests are in connection to large-scale crimes that were committed throughout the state of California," according to a media statement by Oakland's police department, which added that it had "assisted another law enforcement agency" in the arrests.
California Department of Justice will announce more information about the charges later Thursday, multiple media reports said.
The thefts have taken place throughout California over the course of 2018, with some stores struck by thieves more than once. The store in Palo Alto was robbed twice in as many days last weekend, just hours after CEO Tim Cook visited the store for the release day of the new iPhones.
There have been some arrests recently in the thefts, including one that was caught on video in Santa Rosa last week, but most of the thieves have gotten away successfully.