For all you would be Ethan Hunts, here’s a public service reminder: Please use your rappelling skills for good, not evil. Alas, some obvious Mission: Impossible fans in Georgia neglected such advice, and now Best Buy is out some $100k in Apple products.
**Please note: The following robbery story is made all the more entertaining by playing the Mission: Impossible theme song whilst reading!**
Remember the scene in the first Mission: Impossible flick when Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and computer expert Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and pilot Franz Krieger (Jean Reno) break into CIA headquarters with a most ingenious rappelling move? Well, a group of thieves in Dunwoody, Georgia must have seen it, because they somewhat similarly broke into a Best Buy by cutting a hole in the roof and rappelling down via ropes into a storage room containing a whole bunch of Apple products including iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks.
As of this writing, no suspects have been apprehended. Officers are seeking surveillance footage of the perps coming into the store, since none exists of them inside. Police are also keeping an eye out for if the Apple products end up for resale online.
In an interview with a local television reporter, Dunwoody police Sgt. Robert Parsons even went so far as to call this a “Mission: Impossible style burglary.” He also noted that police are comparing the scene to similar burglary cases in Texas and Florida. So apparently there are a lot of Mission: Impossible fans/delinquents out there.
Obviously, these brazen thieves didn’t have to contend with the same intricacies that Ethan and team had to deal with, like retina scans, vocal identifiers, and temperature sensors. And honestly, it would have been a nearly impossible mission to keep the temperature at 72 degrees in Georgie in June, right?
Either way, you still have to applaud the effort. Not that we’re condoning this type of illicit behavior, of course, but if you're going to be a low-down dirty scoundrel, at least do it with style.
UPDATE: The headline to this story has been changed since its intial publication