A store employee heard one of the thieves make a general statement to the crowd of shoppers of physical violence toward anyone who attempted to stop them, Reifschneider said. The threat elevates the crime from a burglary shoplift to a robbery. No weapons were seen and no one was injured.
The duo fled in a red Mazda3 hatchback and were last seen by a security guard traveling north on U.S. Highway 101.
Police haven't made any arrests and have limited suspect information. Both were Black males in their late teens or early 20s. According to the video, one was wearing a dark hoodie with a camouflage pattern and a hood with a shark head design, black pants with white athletic stripes, red shoes and a black backpack with white markings; the other was wearing a beige hoodie with faded blue jeans and white shoes and a carrying bright red backpack.
Apple could not be reached for comment.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.
To view the video of the robbery, go to PaloAltoOnline.com.
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