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"Sophisticated Ring" of Thieves Targets Cell Phone Stores
DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Stores as far south as Florence and as far north as Columbus are targets for these thieves.
Law enforcement officials believe the same suspects may be responsible for dozens of break-ins which have netted thieves tens of thousands of dollars worth of smart phones. Police need your help in catching them.
Police say there are a lot of similarities in these thefts that happen in the middle of the night. A large rock is used to bust the glass on the front door; they enter and move quickly to get what they want.
Surveillance video of the two suspects in the Delhi break-in show them looking around to see if police or anyone else may be in the area, then they strike. They appear to have a back pack in hand and we believe a rock was with them and at that point they just shattered it right out and go right in and you can see how they really don't touch anything at all and they're going with a purpose and they know what they are looking for.
Police say the suspects waste no time getting all the smart phones they can get their hands on. In another robbery, the suspects are in and out of the store in 40 seconds.
Delhi Township policeman, Lt. Joe Macaluso, says there are similarities to this break-in and others in the tri-state in recent months. The entry the way they are getting into the businesses appear to be the same and how quick theyre in and out of the store is very similar.
Lt. Macaluso says the suspect wearing white may be the same person seen wearing similar clothing in surveillance images from other break-ins. Police say the bandits made off with four thousand dollars worth of merchandise.
In Deerfield Township last week, a similar break-in at the Verizon Store on Mason-Montgomery Road netted the thieves thirty thousand dollars worth of smart phones.
Lt. Macaluso says this is a sophisticated theft ring, stealing the smart phones, unlocking them and then possibly selling them on the internet or overseas.
They're going in that way they're running around and they're getting the cell phones and they're running right back out of the store in this particular break in, police responded within two minutes after the alarm sounded but the bad guys were gone by the time officers arrived. They move that quickly.
Police say they want them off the streets and behind bars.
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