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Tourists came to Miami to buy new iPhones for the family. Now they’re out $18,000

Customers look at new Apple iPhones, including the iPhone XS, left, and iPhone XS Max on display at an Apple store in New York on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
Customers look at new Apple iPhones, including the iPhone XS, left, and iPhone XS Max on display at an Apple store in New York on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. AP

A couple from Chile visiting Miami for the release of Apple’s new line of iPhones became the victims of an $18,000 burglary Friday when somebody broke into their rental car to steal more than a dozen newly purchased phones from the vehicle’s trunk.

Miami Beach police say Maria Henriquez and her boyfriend, Vincente Cruz, were among the hordes of tech fans waiting in lines across the country Friday morning to get their hands on Apple’s new $1,000 iPhone XS and $1,100 XS Max.

The couple purchased 18 XS Max models at a Lincoln Road Apple Store and tucked them into the trunk of their rental car before driving to a nearby Starbucks. They planned to bring the phones back to Chile and hand them out to family members and friends perhaps hoping for a discount.

But while they were inside the coffee shop, somebody smashed their back and side window and made off with the bundle of phones. While no suspects have been identified, police on Friday were on the lookout for a black SUV believed to be involved in the heist.

Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said he hoped others could use the crime to learn not to leave valuables inside unattended vehicles.

“CRIME PREVENTION TIP: Remove valuables from your car when you park,” Rodriguez tweeted Friday night. “Imagine buying a just released and having it stolen. These people bought 18, stopped for coffee, left the phones in the car, and moments later all were stolen.”

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