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HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – It was 1:40 in the morning when crooks kicked their way in to a Sprint store in Homestead at 3080 NE 41st Terrace.

Two guys, captured on surveillance, crawled through broken glass while a third person stayed outside.

A guy, wearing a blue hoodie, goes after cell phones–wildly yanking them from displays, breaking the security cable. He had a bolt cutter with him. Not far away, his accomplice in black went after tablets. They’re not inside the store for long, though as something appears to spook them about 31 seconds into their heist and they both run for the exit.

Two hours and 20 minutes later, 50 miles north at Sheridan Plaza in Hollywood, two guys fitting the same description, wearing the same color clothing struck a T-Mobile store.

The suspects used their car to smash the front window.

“That’s a violent action,” remarked Shopper Ryan McCarty. “There could have been anyone in there, someone closing up, anything.”

Fortunately, it was 4 AM and no one was here.

In this heist, police said the crooks moved fast, wasting no time grabbing anything they could.

“This was very quick where they smash through the front door,” explained Hollywood Police Lt. Osvaldo Perez.  “They grab what they can and they run out and they leave as fast as they can.”

Police in Hollywood and Homestead are comparing notes and surveillance video to see if it’s the same smash and grab crooks in both cases.

If you have information in the Hollywood case, call Broward Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS.  If you have information in the Homestead case call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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