No matter how good the deal may seem, experts are warning consumers not to buy. They say the phones won't work.
"You can still get music on it, but absolutely no service from a cellular carrier," said Nick Brinks, general manager of Genius Phone Repair in Cascade.
The smartphones were stolen during early-morning burglaries at Sprint stores in Muskegon and Allendale.
Even though they are new and still in the box, the phones can't be activated. Their electronic serial numbers are in the stolen phone database.
"At that point, it can't be activated … can't be unlocked, can't be activated on any service provider whatsoever because, in their system, they’re bad,” Brinks said.
After reviewing surveillance video of the robberies, Sprint Regional Manager Korey Bryant said it's impossible to identify any of the half-dozen burglars.
"No faces, everything was covered, hoods, masks and gloves," he said. "They came in and took everything that had a lot of value. … They look like young people but you can't tell."
Sprint managers said they know of other burglaries at other phone stores in Michigan over the past eight months.
Before buying a second-hand phone, they suggest customers Google the electronic serial number to make sure it isn't stolen.