Truck carrying cellphones worth $11.5 million stolen on way to Miami

MIAMI – A multi-million dollar heist is under investigation after a trailer heading to Miami carrying expensive cellphones was stolen.

“The truck stopped at a rest stop and we get notification that the complete truck is gone,” said Sal Banbahji, the Director of International Distribution for PCS Wireless.

The numbers are mind boggling. More than 54,000 cellphones valued at $11.5 million were stolen.

The cab of the truck was recovered in Hallandale Beach, but the trailer is gone.

“Extremely devastating, this is a large amount of money,” Banbahji said.

PCS Wireless has offices in Miami Lakes.

They say the theft happened on Aug. 14 in Tampa, with the truck bound for Miami.

“What we know is that when he came back to the truck, it wasn’t there,” said Banbahji. “There is going to be a $100,000 reward to help us find (the) devices and who did this.”

The thought is that thousands of stolen cellphones are now in the Miami area. All the stolen phones are blocked and unable to be activated.

“We are doing everything in our power to find out where the cellphones are,” said Banbahji. “It’s mind blowing that a truck can disappear and it’s a lot of money for any business to deal with.”

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Reporter Rosh Lowe has been covering news for nearly two decades in South Florida. He joined Local 10 in 2021.