I know in Kenya that laptops can be stolen on their way to Parliament or Mitsumi with no trace, but don’t you think these ones who stole iPhones from a store in Australia will be caught?
First these products have been insured,so no losses for Apple…Second,its 50/50 they can be caught in the long run if they make it a habit.
Apple can simply nuke the devices as they know which inventory got nicked. They will simply become paper weights when they are connected to the internet. It might not be now but how iOS forces updates and backups on you …
The display and batteries alone will fetch some good money, they don’t need a whole working device after all