A theft at the Emeryville Apple Store on February 5th led to the arrest of three individuals after a spate of similar crimes in the area, with the suspects caught in a coordinated sting by local law enforcement, according to officials. The Emeryville Police Department received an emergency call on Monday morning around 10:27 a.m., reporting a theft in progress at the retail location. The suspect managed to make off with 50 iPhones, totaling $49,230, before fleeing the scene in a vehicle.
Following the incident, a video surfaced on social media on February 6th showing the suspect leaving the Apple Store just as a marked Emeryville Police patrol car sat unattended in the background. No officers were present during the theft, and officers had not arrived at the time of the crime. Starting from January 19th, the Emeryville Apple Store had been hit by four grand theft incidents, with local detectives classifying them as organized retail crimes and joining forces with other agencies to track down the perpetrators.
In a statement made by the Emeryville Police Department, they disclosed the outcome of a collaborative operation on February 7th involving the Berkeley PD, California Highway Patrol (CHP), and Emeryville detectives, which led to the capture of the three individuals from Berkeley responsible for the theft earlier that same morning one of whom included the individual caught on camera in Emeryville.
The arrested 22-year-old Tyler Mims now faces multiple charges, including conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary, grand theft, and organized retail theft. He was currently being held and had participated in several prior Apple Store thefts, confirmed by Emeryville Police. The investigation remains active, with authorities urging anyone with information related to these thefts to contact the Emeryville Police Department Investigations Unit directly.