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.
Sources: My News LA, ABC7