Date
16 December 2017
Despite massive security apparatus at Chinese factories, Apple hasn't been able to prevent leaks on iPhone 6. Photos: apple.com, shizheng.xilu.com
Despite massive security apparatus at Chinese factories, Apple hasn't been able to prevent leaks on iPhone 6. Photos: apple.com, shizheng.xilu.com

Foxconn worker arrested for spiriting away iPhone 6 shells

A Foxconn worker in China has been detained by police for allegedly stealing some iPhone 6 shells from the factory where he was working, and selling them for a tidy sum, mainland media reported.

The employee, said to bear the surname Qiao, has been accused of stealing six rear cases of Apple’s new phones from a factory in Jincheng in Shanxi province and selling them for a total of 6,000 yuan (about US$970) at an electronics market in Shenzhen, according to Shanxi Daily.

The suspect is said to have made his plans after seeing an advertisement posted near his factory offering money for iPhone 6 parts. After calling the number on the ad, he was offered 1,000 yuan for every shell, the report said.

He is said to have made the first theft from the factory on June 24. Qiao then mailed the case to the gadget market in Shenzhen, and a payment of 1,000 yuan was remitted to his account a few days later.

Qiao allegedly sold a total of six cases over a period of three months between June and August.

Foxconn soon noticed the missing parts in mid-August and reported the matter to local police on Aug. 14. The police spent 20 days watching surveillance footage and later identified Qiao as the suspect.

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