Burglars target Sprint stores in Allendale, Muskegon | News
ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- In what Ottawa County investigators are calling a highly-orchestrated move, burglars hit three mobile phone stores in less than an hour Tuesday morning.
Captain Mark Bennett believes the crimes are related to a bigger circle of phone thefts in West Michigan and the state.
Sprint regional retail manager Korey Bryant says surveillance video shows the burglars hit the Muskegon/Norton Shores Sprint store first, just after 6 a.m., then headed 35 miles to his store on Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale. Video shows five people in his location about 50 minutes later.
Bryant says deputies were called to the store around 7 a.m. when someone noticed the rear door had been forced open.
Captain Bennett believes the same burglars broke into an Allendale Township Verizon store before hitting the Sprint store. He says the stores are about a mile apart.
Bryant says more than 50 iPhones and smart phones were stolen at each location.
"Typically that door has got a plate on it so it should be anti-theft. So it looks like they used about a 3-4 foot crow bar and they probably had a few people leaning on it before it actually broke," he said.
Bennett says the burglars were in the store for only two minutes. He believes they may have been driving a GMC Yukon SUV.
On March 22, four burglars struck a Lowell Verizon store, stealing several smart phones. Click here for that story.
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