Authorities in California say at least 17 people in three counties are suspected of playing a role in a series of orchestrated robberies at Apple Store locations across the state and beyond.
According to the Sacramento Bee, eight individuals had been arrested as of Thursday with arrest warrants having been issued for the remaining nine. All suspects are facing charges including conspiracy to commit grand theft in the counties of Fresno, Alameda and Santa Clara.
California’s attorney general announced the charges this week, explaining that more than $1 million in electronics were stolen from the retail locations as part of the alleged crime ring.
Some of the robberies caught on surveillance camera reveal a group of individuals clad in hooded sweatshirts grab armloads of devices and run out with thousands of dollars of merchandise in just a few seconds.
Robberies police have linked to the group of suspects took place over a period of five days, according to reports.
“The successful collaborative efforts of law enforcement has resulted in dismantling a large criminal ring,” said Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatick.
The eight suspects already arrested were booked into jail in either Alameda County or Sonoma County.
Three were arrested on suspicion of their involvement in a robbery at the Westfield Galleria mall in Roseville.
Police say the investigation into the robberies remains open. Police in Oakland and San Luis Obispo say they are working with agencies in the 19 counties where related robberies were reported.
The Bee released a compilation video released by law enforcement agencies nationwide depicting similar robberies at Apple Store locations.
[Featured image: Suffolk County Police Department, video screenshot]