Burglars use hammer to smash their way inside Miami T-Mobile store

Thieves get away with about $10,000 worth of phones, manager says

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Madeleine Wright - Reporter

MIAMI - Four crooks who used a hammer to smash their way inside a T-Mobile store early Tuesday got away with about $10,000 worth of Samsung and Apple phones, the manager told Local 10 News.

The smash-and-grab burglary happened about 3 a.m. at the T-Mobile store on Northwest 27th Avenue near Northwest 17th Street.

Surveillance video showed a man smashing out the glass door with a hammer. Once inside, the four thieves ransacked the store, grabbing phones from the shelves and knocking down the displays.

The crooks, who were wearing gloves and hoods, were in and out in a short amount of time.

The break-in was loud enough to wake up Cesar Dominguez, who lives nearby. He said he immediatey called 911. 

"When I woke up, I see two men running out of the store," he said. "I was afraid because I thought it was my door. So that's why I called the cops."

Police searched in and around the store for evidence of who the burglars are and where they could have gone.

The manager said the destructive thieves also caused about $13,000 to $14,000 worth of damage.

Dominguez said he couldn't see the thieves' faces, but said they were "tall and skinny."

According to the manager, this was just one of several T-Mobile stores that were recently burglarized in Miami.

He said the burglars involved with Tuesday's incident clearly planed this out and appeared to know exactly which phones to steal.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Miami police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.


 

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