Crime blotter: Pastor lifts iPad, constable & deputies steal iPhones, and more!

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An iPhone was stolen from a COVID clinic, iPad taken from burned Bronx apartment, and Apple devices are allegedly stolen by police — and a pastor.

A 50-year-old man in Hong Kong was arrested in mid-November for stealing an unknown number of iPhone 13 Pro Max phones in 12 seconds from a Mong Kok shop. According to Coconuts Hong Kong, the man was posing as an employee when he carried out the thefts.

Reportedly, the man was able to load a backpack with the phones while the shopkeeper was distracted. The store's own CCTV camera was not working, but the shopkeeper checked footage from a neighboring store and saw the man.

He was arrested later that day. While it's not known how many iPhone 13 Pro Max devices he stole in that particular raid, police say they found stolen property totalling $21,000.

Woman stole iPhone from COVID screening clinic

A woman in Prince Edward Island in Canada made off with only one iPhone, but she stole it from a COVID-19 clinic. And then later called that clinic to ask how to unlock it.

According to Saltwire, the 30-year-old woman, in calling the clinic, gave the international mobile equipment identity (IMEI) number, which matched the iPhone XR that was stolen. She has now been convicted, and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Pastor charged with taking iPad, other items

A former Assembly of God pastor in Arkansas has been charged with theft of property and tampering with physical evidence, after he was accused of misusing a church credit card for more than $500,000 worth of items.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the improperly-acquired items include a laptop, an iPad and two phones.

Woman robbed of iPhone, wine

A woman in Ohio has reported that she was robbed at gunpoint of cash, an iPhone and wine.

She was robbed by a man and woman, who then got in a car with a third individual, and drove towards Cleveland, according to

After iCloud search, Florida cop arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend

A police officer in Florida was arrested in mid-November and has now been charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend. According to Daily Commercial, the man has been charged with what is called "aggravated stalking (dating violence)," as well as three counts of cyberstalking.

The charges followed an internal investigation, which resulted in the man resigning from one police department and getting a job with another. The man reportedly was given access to the woman's security setup but abused that access.

Investigators later searched the man's iCloud and found incriminating photos from inside the woman's home.

Man accused of stealing iPad, dog

A man in New Jersey was arrested this week and charged with breaking into the home of his on-again/off-again girlfriend and stealing both her iPhone and her dog.

According to Daily Voice, police "pinged his phone" to find the suspect. The Daily Voice isn't clear on what that means, but it was probably using Apple's Find My feature. The man was arrested shortly afterwards.

Reportedly, he had a considerable prior rap sheet, which included a past arrest for "being part of a group that beat and robbed a man of $900 worth of [drugs], an iPad and Airpods."

iPad among items stolen from burned-out New York apartment

A massive apartment fire in the Bronx killed a six-year-old boy, and also did major damage to several apartments. And according to The New York Post, a thief then later entered the burned building and stole more than $14,000 worth of items.

"They took electronics, my wife's wedding rings, my daughter's iPad, Nintendo Switch," a man who lives in one of the apartments told The New York Post. That man also told the newspaper that he had watched the crime on a video feed from security cameras to his phone as he walked to a hotel.

Texas constable, deputies accused of stealing iPhones, other items

A Texas constable and two of his deputies are accused of taking numerous items from a rental property where they were executing a writ of possession. Per KETK, body cameras caught them taking items, including cash, watches, ammunition, and what is described as an "Apple iPod box."

The body cameras also captured the lessee of the residence on the phone claiming that she could not find the writ of possession paperwork because, "someone came and dumped all my stuff." The lessee later filed a theft report, claiming that among the items taken were an iPhone 8, an iPhone X, two iPhone 12s, AirPods, and 2 MacBooks, in addition shoes, jewelry and cash.

The three officers were charged with theft of property between $750 and $2,500, abuse of official capacity, and official oppression.

iPad belonging to NHS is stolen

The Welsh Ambulance Service said that an iPad owned by the National Health Service was recently stolen from an ambulance, while the crew tended to a patient.

According to South Wales Argus, Gwent Police are investigating the incident.

iPhone, coats stolen from students in Detroit

A pair of students in Detroit who were walking to school were confronted by an assailant with a gun who stated "give me your coats and iPhones 13."

According to Deadline Detroit, the two gave the suspect an iPhone 8 and their jackets. The suspect was driving a red Ford Fusion.