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2 arrested in theft of iPhones, laptops at Town Square Apple Store

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A Metro officer processes the scene inside the Apple Store on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, after, police said, a group of five people entered the store and started stealing iPhones and laptop computers. This photo, ironically, was shot on an iPhone.

A Metro Police car sits outside the Apple Store at Town Square on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, after, police said, a group of five people entered the store and started stealing iPhones and laptop computers. This photo, ironically, was shot on an iPhone.

A Metro Police car sits outside the Apple Store at Town Square on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, after, police said, a group of five people entered the store and started stealing iPhones and laptop computers. This photo, ironically, was shot on an iPhone.

Five people walked into the Apple Store at Town Square on Tuesday and started brazenly stealing iPhones and laptop computers, but they weren’t counting on plainclothes officers to be waiting outside, Metro Police said.

Metro Sgt. Rob Warburton said the group entered the store about 4 p.m. and immediately began stealing electronics from display tables.

A call about the incident went out over police radios, but plainclothes officers happened to be outside the store on an unrelated matter and saw what was going on, Warburton said.

As the group exited the store, the officers were able to take two people into custody, after a struggle, he said. The other three escaped.

Warburton said police are investigating if the suspects are responsible for recent thefts at other Apple Stores and some cell phone stores in the valley.

The two suspects caught were booked into the Clark County Detention Center on counts of burglary, grand larceny, conspiracy and battery on a police officer. No names were released, as the incident remains under investigation.

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