Berkeley Apple Store hit four times by thieves over past week

The Apple Store on Fourth Street in Berkeley has been hit four times over the past week by thieves - including twice in one day.

The same three men are believed to be responsible for all the "smash-and-grabs," said Officer Byron White, a Berkeley police spokesman.

One of the men first came in last Thursday at about 10:30 a.m.

"A young man entered the store, looked at the displays, and once he selected the phone that he wanted, he snatched it off the cable and walked out of the store, ran out of the store," White said.

That one phone was worth $1,200.

The same group then returned hours later and stole three laptops. 

"So what's unusual about that case is that they came back twice," White said. "They came that morning and they came later that afternoon."

The men returned about 7:30 p.m. Monday and stole cell phones worth $15,000. They came back again at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and stole more phones worth $5,000.

Police released surveillance photos taken from a camera on a pole right outside the store. 

One man is wearing a distinctive blue shark outfit. 

A second man in orange stripes appears to be looking right at the camera as he runs from the store.

A third man had on a blue jacket with a white stripe.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Berkeley police.