MetroPCS store robbed in Pasadena, 90 smartphones stolen

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A couple of weeks after a T-Mobile authorized retailer was targeted by cellphone thieves, a MetroPCS store has been robbed.

A MetroPCS shop in Pasadena, Calif., was burglarized this past weekend, with security footage showing three thieves breaking into the store Sunday morning. The robbers ended up taking 90 smartphones from the store and smashing the shop’s glass front door.

The burglars were clad in dark pants and hoodies with the hoods pulled tightly around their faces to protect their identities. As of this writing, it doesn’t appear as though the thieves have been caught.

While we don’t know for sure what the robbers will end up doing with the stolen phones, it’s likely that they’ll end up being sold for a quick buck. For example, they could be sold to a cellphone repair shop to be used as parts, or the thieves could try to sell them to unsuspecting people looking for a device on Craigslist or a similar site. That’s why if you plan on using those sites to buy a new phone, it’s a good idea to have the IMEI checked to be sure that you’re not buying a stolen phone. You could do so using a website, by calling customer service, or doing the deal at a local T-Mobile or MetroPCS store and having the reps there check for you.

Via: Reddit
Sources: My News LA, ABC7

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  • just curious

    Why target MetroPCS??? I’m just curious.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Easy

      • Guest 2

        I have seen Metro stores in places where there’s not even a fast food restaurant in the area.

        I think T-Mobile may bear some responsibility about this.

        They shouldn’t wait until someone gets hurt or killed.

        • Guest 2

          … to do something. But I don’t know.

    • Jake Fitzpatrick

      They must be desperate.

  • calvin35

    Aren’t stolen smartphone useless anyways?

    • lomsha

      Yea they should be able to blacklist the imei, so they can’t be used.

      • Barnassey

        Blacklisting is actually security theater

    • yankeesusa

      Nope. Unless they are iphones they can be used for a while before they become blacklisted outside of tmobile if ever. On tmobile they will probably not work at all.

  • Barnassey

    Or they take them to some guy and have the imei changed in a quick process that basically makes the phone work the same as new.

    • IMEI

      Okay, how do you know that?!

      • gmo8492

        Some people offer imei repair services which basically use software tools to recover or issue a new imei number to your device. Its generally done in case the phone software has been corrupted or in the process of installing custom ROMs they wiped their imei by mistake. Of course people also use it for illegal purposes of reformatting the software of stolen phones.

        • Barnassey

          I used to work for such a store. I did actual screen repairs but we had someone else who did the imei repair. Most stolen phones that arent iphones, can have the imei modified. All they do is buy broken phones with clean imeis and copy the certs and nv data files over. Thats whats going to happen to these phones.

        • Guest 2

          Does it have to be the same type of phone or it does not matter, you just need the imei number?

        • Barnassey

          Generally a broken version of the same phone is used, but you can always use the imei of a different device.

        • Guest 2

          That was interesting.

          Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    What did they take

    Any good phones?

  • Where’sTheEditor

    They were burgled, not robbed. There’s a big difference.

  • patt

    doesn’t metro pcs have mostly like 50-100$ phones?

  • Joe

    Great. Ninety flip phones are on the black market.

  • Jake

    No local news please!