Cell phone store shoplifters caught on camera
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are looking for three women who allegedly stole more than $1,000 in merchandise from a South Florida cell phone store.
Surveillance cameras captured the suspects entering the Sprint store located off West 49th Avenue in Hialeah around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. "They take that opportunity, when all the students are busy, to distract them from the scene," said the store's owner, who asked not to be identified.
The women headed directly to an inside display case showing pricey Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smart phones. Two of the alleged robbers acted as lookouts while the woman in the middle took out scissors, clipped the cables holding the mobile units to the display case, and stashed the phones in her purse.
"In less than 45 seconds, they ripped the phones out," said the store's owner.
An exterior surveillance camera captured the women's getaway car, a silver, two-door Toyota Avalon with the engine running and both doors left open. The trio hopped into the sedan and headed east on West 49th Avenue. Seconds after the women walked out with an estimated $1,200 in mobile merchandise, an employee ran after them, but they had already sped off.
According to the store owner, the women "put a fake case to make it look, once they walk away, it looks like they didn't steal any phones." This incident is the latest in a string of robberies targeting the owner's cell phone stores. His two other stores, in Hialeah and Miami, were robbed earlier this year after crooks smashed pickup trucks into the storefronts and took off with expensive cell phones and tablets. "It sucks because they never catch the people," he said.
If you recognize any of the three robbers in the surveillance video or have any information on these robberies, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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