Photos released by Chinese media show just how intense the black market trade for consumer electronics has become.
According to the report, the man was caught in part because of his "weird walking posture."
The latest iPhone models have been available in mainland China for some time now, but they retail for much more there than in Hong Kong.
The body armor approach may be a decidedly less smelly method than what was employed by another recently caught Chinese iPhone smuggler. That man was caught wearing the devices in his underwear.