MANHATTAN — A thief duped an Apple store employee into thinking he was a courier making a pickup before stealing three boxes of iPhones worth about $58,000, police said.
The incident happened inside the West 14th Street Apple Store near Ninth Avenue on Sept. 14 around 9:05 a.m. and was reported to NYPD investigators about two weeks later, police said.
It wasn't immediately clear how the suspect fooled staff at the Meatpacking District store.
Surveillance footage shows the suspect — last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, camouflage pants and black sneakers — standing inside the store near its trademark spiral staircase. After receiving the boxes, he fled in a white Ford van, police said.
He hadn't been arrested as of Friday morning, police said.
He was described as about 45 to 55 years old, bald, standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 195 pounds, police said.
A manager at the Apple Store hung up when asked for comment.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.