Crime Stoppers: Robbers get off with broken merchandise

Crime Stoppers: Robbers get off with broken merchandise

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Crime moved to a new low in Charlotte this week when police suspect kids as young as 13 broke into a cell phone store.

Surveillance shows two young teenagers milling around at the Metro PCS store on The Plaza at 4:30 a.m.

As there's not much traffic that time of morning, the pair start rapping on the front door glass.

They apply a couple kicks, but the glass holds firm.

Minutes later, they find something hard and heavy, but it's going to take three strong throws before a large rock makes a hole in the door.  When they give it a kick this time, all the glass lets go.

"We're a bit surprised how the whole window pane fell down," said CMPD Detective Brandon Miller, "allowing them to get in without getting cut or anything like that."

Once inside, the alarm sounds.  They spend less than 30 seconds poking around, probably looking for new phones.  But that's not what they got.

"They didn't get anything, no money, no new phones or anything like that, the only thing they got were headphones and speakers both of which were broken."

What they ran out with, was damaged goods.  The cell phone store opted to lock the new phones away.

"A lot of time businesses now use what we call dummy phones or demo phones, where they work but you can't activate them to make calls or anything like that, sometimes these phones are just shells of the actual phone itself."

The two caught on camera look young, very young.

"We're going to say 18 years-old at the oldest, all the way down to maybe 13 or 14 years old."

They were well covered-up in disguises and may live nearby the store.  If you know who these teens are, and want to earn a cash reward while helping your community, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  You won't be forced to give your name.

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