A report on the LA Now blog indicates that police in So Cal are dealing with a group of criminals who “think different”:
The suspects sought by Manhattan Beach police had a specific method of operation, Brown said. They stake out an Apple store and choose their target. Then they follow their prospective victims when they drive to another shop or a parking spot near their home. If computers are left unattended inside the vehicle, the thieves strike.
His department issued a warning to consumers Tuesday not to leave computers or other expensive items in their vehicles in plain view.
“It’s a highly preventable crime if people don’t leave computers in their cars,” Brown said.
But law enforcement officials said despite the arrests in Orange County, they believe these follow-away burglaries are the work of a larger ring that has taken more than 100 computers in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.
I was trying to come up with a punchline about Justin Long, but couldn’t and you just don’t want to force these things.