For Release: 04/26/17
Prepared By: Sgt. Jimmy Wolsey
Police Warn Public of Purchasing Stolen, Unusable, Cell Phones
Raytown, MO- The Raytown Police Department is cautioning people about purchasing cell phones and iPads from anyone off the street, social media, or online marketplaces. Over 100 cell phones and other devices were stolen in area burglaries earlier this week. The items stolen were in their original packaging as if purchased from the store. All of the stolen items are locked and cannot be activated.
On 04/23/17 at 2:30 a.m., Officers responded to a business alarm at the Sprint cellular store, located at 9598 E. 350 Hwy. Upon arrival Officers discovered the front glass door shattered and that the business had been burglarized. Management informed Officers that approximately 20 minutes prior to this incident a Sprint cellular store was burglarized a few miles away in Kansas City, Missouri. The suspects also entered by shattering the door glass. Both stores show what appears to be the same suspects burglarizing both stores.
A second round of burglaries occurred at the same locations on 04/25/17 at 12:26 a.m. Sprint Management reported this incident while watching the suspects committing the crime via live video feed. Officers arrived a few moments later but the suspects had already left the area. Officers discovered that over a hundred items were stolen during the burglaries. The items ranged from iPhone 7’s, Samsung Galaxy S8’s and iPads.
The Raytown Police has posted two still photographs taken from security video at the time of the crime occurred.
If anyone has been approached by someone to purchase any of the listed items or has any information regarding these incidents they are encouraged to contact TIPS Hotline, at (816) 474-8477 (TIPS).
Report #’s 17-1330 & 17-1355