Alameda’s District Attorney Price Announces Felony Charges against ‘Apple Burglars’ in Berkeley and Emeryville

Pamela Price at a press conference in September 2021, photo by David Greenwald

By Bergen Greenley

OAKLAND, CA– Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price late last week announced the filing of felony organized retail theft felony charges against two “Apple Burglars” accused of stealing hundreds of iPhones and computer from Apple Stores in Berkeley and Emeryville between Nov. 27, 2023 and Feb. 7 this year.

Price said Tyler Anthony Mims and Undre Deshaun Railey are being charged with several felony counts—grand theft and commercial burglary, and misdemeanors of organized retail theft in concert.

The complaint alleges the two committed 16 counts together, on Nov. 27, 2023; Dec. 7, 2023; Dec. 31, 2023; Jan.17, 2024; and Feb. 7, 2024.

In the first of these series of crimes, the DA noted, the two allegedly stole 43 iPhones and two laptops (a value of $50,715) from the Apple Store.

On Dec. 7, 2023, the pair allegedly stole 66 iPhones with a value totaling $61,561 from the Apple Store, according to the complaint. On Dec. 31, the two allegedly stole 29 iPhones, totaling $26,523. On Jan. 17, they allegedly took 50 iPhones, with a value of $48,124.98. Then, on Feb. 7, the two’s last joint burglary, they are charged with stealing 75 iPhones from the Apple Store, totaling $68,035.

The complaint alleges that in each of these crimes there was an element of planning and sophistication from the defendants, and that Mims committed all of these while on either probation, mandatory supervision, post release community supervision, or parole.

In the complaint, Mims is alleged to have committed eight additional counts without Railey, for a total of 24 counts on Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 5, 2024. These thefts of about 140 iPhones and computer were valued at $150,000.

DA Price stated, “Prosecutors from our Organized Retail Crime Alameda (ORCA) Vertical Prosecution Unit were ready to receive the evidence following the apprehension of both suspects and acted quickly to start the justice phase of the process.”

The accused have a scheduled preliminary hearing on Feb. 28.

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