Apple store in Paris hit by thieves in heist

The police said that four masked men forced their way into the shop. It comes as New York mayor Michael Bloomberg claims that the theft of Apple goods has contributed to rising street crime figures in the city. The Metropolitan Police told the BBC the trend towards stealing gadgets was "significant".
Thieves broke into the Apple store behind the Paris Opera at around 21:00 (19:00 GMT) on Monday, three hours after the shop closed. The police did not confirm the value of the goods stolen by the robbers, who escaped afterwards in a van.
A spokesman for the police union Unsa told reporters: "As the majority of police were busy watching the Champs Elysees [for New Year’s Eve celebrations], the robbers took advantage of this opportunity."
The theft comes as the desirability of Apple goods among street criminals is being blamed for a rise in crime figures in New York. According to the New York Police Department, some 3,890 Apple products were stolen in 2012, pushing crime figures up and prompting Mayor Bloomberg to say that thieves in the city were showing a preference for Apple goods.
His press secretary later said that if the jump in stolen Apple products was removed, crime figures would have been down for the year. According to London’s Metropolitan Police, street criminals in London are increasingly targeting easy-to-steal gadgets, although they do not provide a breakdown of the brands most favoured by thieves.