Downtown Verizon Store Latest Target of Smash-n-Grab Robbers

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  A rash of break-ins at St. Louis area cell phone stores continues.

Someone lobbed a rock through the front window of the Verizon Wireless store at 9th & Pine downtown early Monday morning.

Robbers then forced their way in and took off with cash and cell phones.

Not only are ever-bolder crooks targeting stores, they’re grabbing phones right out of the hands of owners as they’re using them, especially since the release of the latest iPhone.

And unfortunately, law enforcers say, the incentive is there because thieves can turn around and sell the phones to retailers for up to $200 apiece — even if they don’t have the codes to unlock them.

Store owners will often explain that’s no problem and cough up the cash, no questions asked.

Compare that to pawn shops, which are required to collect identification prior to buying used goods.

This makes three Verizon stores broken into over the past week, along with stores in Olivette and Richmond Heights.

Also, robbers last month targeted an AT&T store on Brentwood Boulevard.

 

 

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  1. Ed Golterman says:

    WOW. I did offer to bring the performances and events history of Kiel Opera House-a 40 panels exhibit-Downtown, but this gives me pause.

  2. Gerald Urban says:

    Most retail stores have DVR surveillance systems to protect property. Today’s security cameras offer excellent clarity of recorded images. Visit http://www.urbanspycam.com/complete-systems/4-channel-wired-digital-video-recording-complete-system.html

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