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Cell phone stores hit by break-ins
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Break-ins occurred at three local cell phone stores last week, according to Lt. David White with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
R&R Cellular, a U.S. Cellular authorized agent at 324 T.B. Stanley Highway in Stanleytown; nTelos Wireless at 2442 Virginia Ave., Collinsville; and an additional U.S. Cellular in the city were broken into, White said.
According to a police reports, the two break-ins in the county occurred between 7 and 7:30 a.m. March 16. U.S. Cellular reported the theft of 21 cell phones and a wireless headset valued at a total of $11,454, and nTelos reported the theft of 32 cell phones and cash valued at $16,100, according to those reports.
White said that the thieves likely intend to re-sell the phones.
He said the break-in at U.S. Cellular in the city also occurred the same morning. The investigator in charge of the Martinsville case could not be reached for comment.
At the two county stores, White said, the thieves broke a window or glass door to get in and spent roughly two minutes inside each store.
Break-ins at cell phone retailers have been happening for some time not only locally, but also in the wider Virginia and North Carolina area, he said.
“It appears it possibly could be the same people doing this in multiple states and different jurisdictions,” White said.
“We’ve made contact with several jurisdictions” to share information on the break-ins, the lieutenant said.
On Wednesday, he went to a law enforcement meeting in Campbell County that addressed cell phone theft.
The FBI also took part in the meeting, White said.
He encouraged business owners not only to make sure that their businesses are locked and secured at the end of the day, but also to make certain their video surveillance systems are recording and in proper working order.