SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Authorities said thieves broke into a Verizon Wireless Tuesday night and stole48 phones.
When deputies responded to reports of the commercial burglary on the 15000 block of E. Indiana they saw the front window of the business had been broken out. After deputies cleared the business, an employee told deputies several iPhones were stolen.
Verizon workers estimated the thief cost them $50,000. The price includes the phones and the damage done to the store.
“We take phone theft very seriously and are working closely with law enforcement to help solve this case. Stolen cell phones cannot be activated and have little value. VERIZON HAS LONG MAINTAINED a LOST AND STOLEN PHONES database to prevent these devices from being activated. In addition, we share that information with other U.S. carriers through the Wireless Industry Association (CTIA); creating a global stolen phone database for LTE phones. We advise consumers to only buy from reputable stores and dealers, because purchasing from an unauthorized dealer or individual means you could receive a phone inside a sealed box that appears fine, but cannot be activated for service,” said a statement released by Verizon Wireless public relations employee Scott Charlston.
Crime Stoppers was offering a cash reward for anyone providing information leading to an arrest in the case.