Smash-and-grab thieves target safes inside cellphone stores

A couple of burglars who have been breaking into cellphone stores are leaving the smartphones behind and grabbing the stores’ safes instead.

The two have been caught on camera at least twice and Broward Sheriff’s investigators released surveillance video Monday — hoping someone will recognize and report them

The first break-in happened about 3 a.m. Feb. 2 in a Metro PCS store at 5558 W. Sample Rd. in Margate.

The surveillance video showed the burglars shattering a large window pane with what looked like a center-punch tool. They are seen running through the glass, past the cellphone display cases, straight to the back of the business where they started kicking the safe that was bolted in place on the floor behind the cashier’s counter.

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