Burglars crashed a vehicle into a cellphone store and stole from it before dawn Tuesday in Hollywood, police said.
It was the latest South Florida heist in which burglars have used vehicles to crash into cellphone stores after business hours. At least four other similar incidents have happened during the past four months.
About 4 a.m. Tuesday, a gold or beige Nissan Armada SUV was backed over a sidewalk and into a T-Mobile store at 4907 Sheridan St., Hollywood Police Lt. Osvaldo Perez said.
"The suspects ran into the front of the business with the vehicle and an undetermined amount of property was taken," Perez said in an email. "Suspects exited the store, entered the vehicle and drove off, eastbound from the plaza."
The burglars were two men, police said. A cellphone store in Homestead was also broken into on Tuesday morning, and Homestead Police Detective Fernando Morales said his agency is talking with Hollywood police to see if the incidents are related.
Cellphones are popular items with organized retail thieves, who resell them online or at flea markets.
During multiple incidents in South Florida in 2013, robbers held up stores at gunpoint during business hours. Later in the year, suspects also began using trucks to crash through store facades when businesses were closed.
In November, a Sprint store and a T-Mobile store, both in Pembroke Pines, were struck on the same morning by burglars whose vehicle drove into the glass windows.
In December, a Miramar T-Mobile store was driven into by robbers, as was a Verizon store in Pembroke Pines in January.
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