By Peter D'Oench


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HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – That’s just the way they roll – literally.

Hollywood police are looking for two suspects who used a pickup truck to smash their way into a cell phone store over the weekend.

There have been at least three other similar burglaries of T-Mobile stores in South Florida since April 24th.

It happened Sunday morning around 3:30 a.m. at a T-Mobile store at Sheridan Street and 49th Avenue.

Surveillance video from inside of the store shows the rear of a pickup truck plow through the glass storefront and take out the security grilles.

In less than a minute, police say, the pair men stole approximately $5,000 worth of merchandise that was on display including two Apple watches, an iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, JBL speakers, a Samsung Note 8 and a Samsung Galaxy 9.

Hollywood police said the suspects’ white pick-up truck, possibly a Ford F-250, had a partial tag of #JCE.

Police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that she is alarmed.

“You can see the two suspects backing into the T-Mobile store,” said Grossman. “You can see them crashing into the front of the store through a glass door window and rushing in and under two minutes stealing $5,000 worth of items. It’s very concerning that two brazen suspects backed up into the store.”

“The suspects went to enormous lengths, as you see on this surveillance video, to get $5,000 worth of merchandise,” said Grossman.” Detectives would definitely like to get them off the street. We’re hoping that someone who was driving by, might have seen something. Their faces were covered, but anyone with information should call our detectives.”

Grossman could not say if the same suspects also targetted other T-Mobile stores, including one n Hialeah Gardens on May 10th.

“It’s too early to say if this is connected to other crimes in other cities and towns but I am sure we will know more as detectives gather more information,” she said.

T-Mobile customers told D’Oench they are concerned.

“That’s a number one type of robbery here in South Florida,” said T-Mobile customer Gordon Holmes. “Desperate people do that. I can’t imagine doing that considering the damage to your vehicle and what do you really gain? Nothing.”

Anyone with information on men or the truck is urged to call the Hollywood Police Department at (954) 967-4411 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS or http://www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

Peter D'Oench

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