Deputies were dispatched at 7:05 a.m. to the store at 5135 Lake Michigan Drive. Upon arrival, deputies found the rear door of the business forced open and that the suspects had already fled the scene.
“Large amounts of iPhones and smartphones were stolen from the business,” noted Capt. Mark Bennett.
His investigative services division enhanced and processed surveillance video footage, which revealed that at least five people broke into the store, stole phones and left within two minutes.
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The dollar amount of the loss is still being calculated, Bennett said, but it’s “expected to be substantial.”
The video shows five people, dressed in hooded sweatshirts, enter the store from the rear and, with the assistance of one crowbar, opened just a few targeted drawers at the store. The perpetrators gathered around each drawer, shoveling the phones into a large bag.
They left through the rear of the store, leaving behind iPads, smartphones and other accessories on display.
Bennett said he believes the recent break-in is related to similar crimes involving phone stores throughout West Michigan and the state of Michigan. Detectives are working with other investigators from throughout the area to ascertain suspects.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Silent Observer tip line at 877-88-SILENT.