|By Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Detectives began investigating the thefts this year when a regional loss-prevention manager for Apple notified
How did the scheme work? Since April, thieves who posed as customers at the store handed stolen iPhones to employees in the ring and exchanged them for new iPhones, police said. Each Apple employee in the ring was paid between
A seventh person, Best Buy Mobile employee
But at Persad's bond hearing Wednesday, his mother said she was helping pay for her son's living expenses, on her house cleaner's income. She said she paid the
The judge set Persad's bond at
In addition to Persad and Flynn,
All are facing charges of obtaining property over
There are many other people in the ring who haven't been identified, Detective
"We don't know who those individuals were who brought those [stolen] phones in," she said. "And we don't know who the phones were sold to once the exchange took place."
Greenlaw said detectives are trying to find all the pieces to the puzzle.
"It's such a hornet's nest, you're not sure where exactly to attack it," she said.
"I'm not justifying what he did because I know for a fact it was against the law," she said. "I know he did it because he was desperate [since] he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease."
The new iPhones most likely are being sold abroad, a
The stolen iPhones handed in at the Apple store in
Meanwhile, some Best Buy Mobile customers who bought iPhones at the Sunrise store where Flynn worked discovered their new phones did not work because their legitimate cellphone serial numbers had been used to activate iPhones at the Apple store, Greenlaw said.