Armed Robbers Stormed and Raided the Oak Lawn HQ of an App-Maker Yesterday

Categories: Crime, Technology

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Trivie's world headquarters.
The armed robbery yesterday afternoon of the the Oak Lawn headquarters Trivie wasn't a random holdup. The app-maker's office is on the third floor of a plain retail-and-office building between Hall Street and Rawlins, hardly an obvious target, and the robbers were methodical.

According to police, three of them, all armed with semi-automatic pistols, burst into the office from a stairwell entrance at about 3:30 p.m. and ordered all nine people inside to get on the ground. When one man kept moving around, they threatened to shoot him.

The three men quickly swept through the office, scooping up a half dozen Mac computers, an iPad, a couple of cameras, then went from person to person, stealing cash, jewelry, and a cell phones. They left, carrying $23,000 worth of loot, through the same stairwell they entered by and hopped into three getaway cars waiting in the rear and side parking lots. A witness jotted down one of the license plates.

If you're curious as to what the experience was like for the employees, you're in luck, since one of them did an impromptu AMA on Reddit.

We were all sitting at a desk with our minds wrapped around the next video game we are developing. By the time any of us knew what was going in we already had guns pointed at us and being yelled at to "get on the fucking ground". If any of us had a gun it wouldn't have been of much use...

They didn't make us turn [the iPhones] off. They did turn them off themselves about twenty minutes after they pulled off in their getaway cars. We were able to lead the police in their general direction via Find My iPhone...

A random person in the parking lot grabbed a tag number. They were able to look it up and they had pulled the car over a matter of days ago. They ID'ed the people in the car at that time and they are known burglars. Fingers crossed they are able to find them shortly

Nor is Trivie the only Oak Lawn-area office to be hit in recent days. On Monday evening, according to a Reddit commenter and a Dallas police report, three armed men robbed Artizen Studios in the Design District. Their m.o. was similar, and they, too, made off with about $23,000 in computers, camera equipment, and other property.

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Obummer
Obummer

Yo duh; keep yo' guns loaded an' yo' doors locked.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

App makers in Dallas are a distinctively *Libertarian* community.  So, it was likely one of their fellows who was trying to startup his own computer programming company.

rusknative
rusknative

SHOT GUN TIME AT THE COMPUTER MILLS?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

When the overall stupidity of how a crime was committed over shadows the crime being committed maybe the crime itself was being committed for an entirely different reason ?

Aquaboy
Aquaboy

Dear perps, instead of terrifying office workers I suggest you make your next attempt at a pawn shop so you can find out just how Swiss cheese is made. Take care xoxo

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

if we had tougher gun laws, the armed robbers would not have been armed.

ruddski
ruddski

Bunch of used Macs. 23K? More like 1K. Hit the liquor store next time, geniuses.

ruddski
ruddski

Apple guerrilla matketing?

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Aquaboy 

It's terribly pathetic when some gun-nut sits around all day, hoping someone will rob them, so that they can finally get a chance to slaughter  a human being.

You just can't get much more cowardly than that.

rusknative
rusknative

@holmantx IF MORE BUSINESSES WOULD ARM THEIR EMPLOYEES WITH SHOTGUNS, THE ROBBERS WOULD GET THE MESSAGE QUICKER.

Mr.G
Mr.G

@holmantx so you're saying thugs on the streets can't get guns if we had tougher guns laws. You are an idiot, pull you head out of your ass and wake up to the real world and not your Starbucks, Macy's life and see the darker side of reality.

wilme2
wilme2

@holmantx Texas laws against Armed Robbery are already VERY tough.  Maybe you were just trolling...

observist
observist topcommenter

@holmantx Maybe if they couldn't arm themselves, they wouldn't be robbers - just burglars

rusknative
rusknative

@ruddski CLEARLY THEY ALL FLED WITH THE BOOTY IN THEIR TESLA VEHICLES IN KEEPING WITH BRAND IMAGE IMPORTANCE TO THE IGNORATI

observist
observist topcommenter

@ruddski Are you kidding?  Considering Apple's caché with status-conscious, non-technical consumers, $23k of stolen Macs has a street value of $32k. 

Daniel
Daniel

@ruddski No doubt they used the same calculus by which 10 pounds of hydro has "about a $75,000 street value."  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@p3jjohnson @holmantx 

They don't.  That is the fallacy in the argument for gun bans.  

It's why criminals target rent cars departing from airports.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Mr.G @holmantx 

I was employing the Liberal argument on gun control.  Sometimes it is simply easier to reduce their argument to the absurd (reductio ad absurdum) in order to make a point.

ruddski
ruddski

Thid is why all my apple stickers sit in a desk drawer.

ruddski
ruddski

And hydro ain't insured. Maybe it should be.

Anyway, why didn't these guys steal a big bag of apps?

cabinfever
cabinfever

@holmantx The obvious solution is to give everyone a gun. 

wilme2
wilme2

@ruddski No big cash safe?  Geez, if PCs and phones (Apple or otherwise) are worth an armed robbery, all of North Dallas and the Telecom Corridor are in trouble.  (As I sit in an office full of both...)

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