MIAMI (WSVN) - Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying four men who burglarized a cellphone store.
City of Miami Police detectives said over 450 cellphones were taken from The Global Cellulars Store, located in the area of Northwest 20th Street and 22nd Avenue on Aug. 29.
Surveillance cameras captured the four men making their way into the store before ransacking drawers.
As much as $4,500 in cash and $128,000 in merchandise was stolen from the store. This set the store back, years.
The store owner said the doors were locked the previous day at 6:30 p.m. and when he returned the following morning at 10 a.m. he saw the place vandalized.
“It gets to you, and you get angry,” said the store manager.
Detectives said the men were all wearing dark colored long sleeve shirts, dark pants, hats and had bandannas covering their faces.
“You wish you would know who they are, so you can point them out,” said the store manager.
The store manager said the thieves broke into an empty space next door, then busted through the store’s bathroom wall.
Two of the thieves grabbed all they could from the shelves while a third stayed in the office and pocketed cash.
The thieves crawled through the hole in the bathroom at approximately 2:07 a.m. The security alarm did not go off.
They left with a large black bag filled with their haul a few minutes later, before returning an hour later.
“I guess because the alarm didn’t work, they waited outside to see if the police would show up,” said the store manager. “Since the police didn’t come, they came back an hour later to finish it off.”
When the thieves returned at around 3 a.m., they came back with more men.
“They took all the phones, tablets, Apple watches, Samsung watches. Anything that was new, they took,” said the store manager. “You have to work hard to make some profit and then they come, they take everything.”
If you have any information on this business burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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