Police search for phone thief
SUNRISE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man walked into a Sprint store and left with a phone that wasn't his.
At 1:45 p.m., Monday afternoon, a man walked into a Sprint cellphone store and stole a phone while holding a baby. "I was probably back there for a solid 15 or 20 minutes," said Steven Boyle who works at the Sprint store. "Leaving it [the phone] up here was probably not the best move."
Boyle had gone to the back of the Sprint store on University Drive in Sunrise and left a customer's phone charging on the counter. That was enough time for the thief to hatch his plan.
He put the baby down on the same counter and reached for the phone. Once it was closer to him, he picked the baby back up, looked around to make sure no one was watching, disconnected the charger and slipped the phone into his pocket.
Boyle said he almost immediately knew a thief had stolen the phone. "I started to ask the other employees if they happened to touch the phone," said Boyle. "As soon as they said, 'no,' I pretty much knew that someone had swiped the phone."
The phone belongs to Carmen Davis who dropped the phone off at the store to be looked at because it had not been charging properly. "If it was a million dollars, I could understand," said Davis, "but for a phone? It's ridiculous."
The store gave Davis a loaner phone while a new one was ordered, but she wants the stolen one back because she has customer contacts on it for her commercial cleaning business. "It's a disaster for me because that's my business phone," said Davis.
Davis, just like everyone at the store, wants to know who could have been so brazen to steal a phone while holding a child. "That's not a good person," said Davis, "because he's teaching his child to be a thief, and that is not good."
If you have any information on this thief, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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