Date: Nov. 17, 2009
Est. monetary value: $3 million
A Netherlands-based logistics company called CEVA Logistics practically invited thieves to steal over 4,000 iPhones after storing them near the roof of its warehouse. Burglars climbed the building’s fire escape, reached the top floor, and cut a hole directly above crates storing the smartphones. While each unit carried a serial number and claimed to be unlockable, Belgium just so happens to be one of three countries in Eurpoe that sell iPhones without a SIM-lock. In other words, the thieves made a killing pushing them in batches of hundreds at lower prices on the Russian black market.