::Mobile Phone Bandits Strike Again
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff And Wire Reports
Thursday May 10, 2007
RALEIGH - According to Raleigh Police, mobile phone bandits who may have also been the same suspects in other large phone store break-ins have struck again.
Surveillance photos from two different hauls of mobile phones in Cary and Raleigh reveal that at least one of the suspects wore an identical sweater in both burglaries. (See the three surveillance photos at right). The pink and purple striped sweater is hard to miss and stands out in both videos.
In the recent Raleigh break-in, police say that just after 10:30pm this past Tuesday, May 8th, the suspects broke into the Alltel phone store at 4412 Falls of Neuse Road and stole an unreleased quantity of cell phones which were valued at "several thousand dollars."
According to police, similar crimes have occurred in other jurisdictions, including Cary and Wake County.
In the Cary burglary of Capitol Cellular & Satellite, Cary Police say that the heist resulted in 84 mobile phones being stolen with their total value at around $20,000.
The store is located at 1915 High House Road in Cary and the break-in took place between 7pm on April 23rd and 9am on April 24th. In that case, police say that suspects broke the front glass door to enter the store and loaded the phones into a trash can before leaving the business.
In the cases, one suspect is described as a white male who was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap with writing, dark blue gloves, blue jeans, a dark windbreaker and black shoes.
The second suspect, shown moving the trash can in the video at right, is described as a white male who was last seen wearing a gray hat, light blue gloves, long sleeve shirt with light and dark purple stripes, gray pants with a blue stripe down the leg and white tennis shoes.
"We are asking anyone with information related to this crime to contact us immediately," said Sergeant Randy Byrd of the Cary Police Department. ::