City thieves outsmarted Apple’s “geniuses” — yet again — by disguising themselves as employees to snatch more than $17,000 in iPhones in recent back-to-back heists, police said Friday.
A crook dressed in a green shirt — similar to Earth Day Apple uniforms many employees have been wearing since April — strolled into a repair room on the second floor of the Soho Apple Store at 5:30 p.m. on June 1, police said.
He grabbed 19 shiny new iPhone 6 Pluses from a drawer and passed some of them off to a cohort, who wore a blue T-shirt similar to the classic Genius Bar uniform, police said.
Both men then hid the gadgets under their shirts before fleeing the shop on Prince and Greene streets, police said.
An hour before, two thieves also stole three iPhone 6s from the Apple Store on West 14th Street and Ninth Avenue in the West Village — a heist cops say may have been pulled off by the same bandits.
Earlier this year, three crooks used the same ruse — twice — at the Upper West Side Apple Store to swipe more than $49,000 in iPhones. In March, the three thieves dressed as Apple workers stole 59 iPhones worth $44,000 from the shop on Broadway at West 67th Street.
During that heist, a man snatched the gadgets from behind the Genius Bar help desk and handed them off to a female accomplice in a bathroom, where she stuffed them into a bag. With another accomplice acting as lookout, they all fled with the loot.
In February, three thieves also used the scheme to steal eight iPhones worth more than $5,300 from the same shop.
The crooks may have targeted the Upper West Side store because it is also used as a training center, so it wouldn’t have been unusual to see unfamiliar faces around, a source said at the time.
The stolen phones weren’t tagged with sensors and were unlocked. It’s unclear if all of the crimes are connected, police said Friday afternoon.
Apple spokesman Nick Leahy wouldn’t comment on the stores’ “security issues.”
But the problem isn’t getting better, Apple workers said.
On Friday, a Post reporter witnessed security guards chase down two teens who tried to steal Beats headphones from the Soho Apple Store.
One of the guards grabbed the headphones from the teens before they ran away.
“I haven’t heard of any plans to increase security,” one Apple worker said.