iPhone accessories seized, iCloud catches criminals in the Apple Crime Blotter

Two men accused of crimes against women caught by iCloud, Find My iPhone catches car thieves, and more in the Apple Crime Blotter

Within a two-day period in mid-November, there were two major thefts of Apple products in Europe. A truck hijacking in the U.K. notched $6.6 million worth of Apple items, while Amazon employees in Spain were caught stealing the equivalent of $592,000 worth of iPhones.

Most other Apple-related crimes in November weren’t nearly as lucrative for the alleged criminals, but there was still plenty of them. This is the latest in an occasional AppleInsider series, looking at the world of crime involving Apple products and services:

CBP seizes $41,500 in phone accessories

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said November 9 that they had seized $41,500 worth of “counterfeit Apple and Samsung accessories” in Minneapolis. The package contained iPhone cases and adapters, as well as Samsung accessories, and the items were determined to be counterfeit due to “various inconsistencies, poor quality, and the incorrect packaging.”

The Custom and Border Protection's recently seized iPhone cases

Unlike the incident in September when CBP seized OnePlus Buds and erroneously described them as counterfeit AirPods, the CBP’s description this time appears to be accurate.

Man presented fake ID to try to claim MacBook Air at UPS facility

A man was arrested in mid-November after presenting a fake Pennsylvania ID at a UPS facility in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania. Police say he presented the bogus ID in order to pick up a package containing a 13-inch MacBook Air.

Per Lehigh Valley Live, the man was charged with forgery and theft, in the third such bust at that facility in three months.

iCloud evidence helped catch U.S. embassy employee arrested for sex crimes

An employee of the U.S. embassy in Mexico City was arrested in October and charged with one count of coercion and enticement related to a sexual assault on a woman. However, the man is suspected of attacking many more victims than that.

According toThe Daily Beast, the government searched the man’s phones, laptop, and iCloud account, and discovered hundreds of photos and videos of the man in the act of abusing women.

“Extreme stalker” in U.K. accused of performing suspect iCloud searches

Another man accused of vile crimes against women was felled at least in part by iCloud evidence. The Express and Star reports a man in Wolverhampton, England, was arrested in February after carrying out a massive, multifaceted campaign of stalking against a woman.

Police say the man created countless social media accounts, including 19 fake Instagram accounts, while also hacking the woman’s home CCTV system. He was also found to have performed Internet searches of the woman’s name along with the phrases “log into iCloud without verification” and “free mobile phone tracker without user knowing.”

Head of special needs group accused of buying iPhone with stolen money

The former head of Revere League for Special Needs, an advocacy organization in Massachusetts, has pled guilty

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