The Wall Street Journal and Japan’s Nikkei are reporting that thieves were the first to get their hands on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL - News) new iPhone in Japan, just hours before it officially launched in the country.
In Osaka city, a series of robberies resulted in 191 iPhones stolen:
- 33 iPhone 5s were stolen from an Au store in Ibaraki city, Osaka.
- 116 iPhone 5s were stolen from a Softbank store in Western Osaka (4:24am).
- 42 iPhones were stolen from a nearby Au store (2:30am).
Total value? 7.45 million yen, or about $95,000 worth of iPhones. The reports state that it isn’t certain that these robberies are connected, but I expect they almost certainly are.
Aside from that hiccup, it looks like the iPhone 5 has been warmly received in Japan, with about 750 people queuing this morning at the Ginza Apple store in Tokyo.