Cell phone store employees robbed at gunpoint
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A Pompano Beach cell phone store was robbed for the second time in five months.
It happened Saturday at the Sprint store on East Atlantic Boulevard and Southeast Seventh Avenue. Surveillance cameras captured several armed men entering the store and forcing employees to the back at gunpoint.
One employee was forced to open a safe.
No one was hurt, but the crooks did get away with $17,000 in merchandise.
The same store was robbed in January in a similar heist. "They make a demand for cell phones, the suspects start to put the cell phones in a black plastic bag," said Broward Sheriff's Office Detective Luis Rivera.
In Miami later that month, desperate thieves drove their car through the store window just to steal a few Apple products. "Looking at the video, it seems like he was so calm," said store manager Richie Flores, "as if he knew nothing was going to happen."
On May 6, a lone thief hit the Sprint store in Oakland Park and pulled phones right out their display cases. He got away with about $2,500 worth of phones.
Cell phone store managers are frustrated with the frequent thefts and want the crooks caught. "All in all, as an industry, we are all frustrated and tired because it's happening a lot," said Flores. "We just need this to stop."
If you have any information on these crimes, 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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