Police search for cell phone thief
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- A cell phone store was rocked by crime after a thief made a smashing entrance and then helped himself to the merchandise.
A crook smashed through the front door of a Sprint store on Cypress Creek Road off of West Dixie Highway, just after midnight early Monday morning. "It happened so fast," said Richie Flores, the store's manager. "It was just a matter of seconds."
Surveillance cameras rolled in the brightly lit store. The thief calmly walked over to the Android phone area and yanked several phones from the display counter.
The crook dropped several items during the robbery proving he wasn't just clumsy, but also very nonchalant about it. He never seemed in a hurry. He even pulled it all off in under two minutes. "It seemed like he was just so calm," said Flores, "as if he knew nothing would happen. He was just picking and choosing."
The crook even took the time to pick out a cell phone case. In the end, he left with nearly $2,500 worth of merchandise. "Sometimes they can unlock them," said Flores. "They can use them themselves, they can sell them on eBay. They can do a number of things with them."
After leaving a mess behind, the store owner hopes someone will recognize the crook and turn him in. "It's frustrating," said Flores.
The man was wearing a backwards baseball hat, a muscle T-shirt, and camouflage cargo pants at the time of the robbery.
If you have any information on this crime, 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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