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Thieves make away with almost 200 iPhone 5s just before they go on sale

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Japanese police estimate the stolen units to total over $100,000

While most hopeful iPhone 5 fans are waiting in line or pre-ordering Apple's newest smartphone online, thieves in Japan have decided to take a different route. In three separate instances across Osaka, a total of 191 iPhone 5 units were stolen. In the largest of these heists, 116 iPhone 5s — estimated to be worth 7.45 million yen ($95,000) — were stolen from Softbank.

The iPhone 5 has already shattered pre-order records and become a problem for Apple to keep in stock, so desperation is running high. The New York City police department is even taking preemptive steps to assure that residents don't fall victim to robberies, and everyone should be on high alert for scams.

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[via The Next Web]

This article was written by Shawn Schuster and originally appeared on Tecca

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