Burglars target iPhone 5s, take $100K in electronics instead
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
Thieves, believed to be in search of the new iPhone 5, broke into a Murfreesboro Best Buy store early Tuesday morning and stole more than $100,000 in electronics.
Officers responded to the store located at The Avenue on Medical Center Parkway shortly after 6 a.m.
Murfreesboro police spokesperson Sgt. Kyle Evans said at least eight individuals and as many 12 first stole three cars in the Murfreesboro area and drove the stolen vehicles to the Best Buy store where they used one of the cars to force their way in.
According to the incident report, the suspects rammed the vehicle into a rear garage door, bending the door enough for them to enter.
"Once they gained access to the store, [the burglars] went directly to an area where they sold computers, iPads and where they would stock their iPhone 5s had they come in," Evans explained. "We think there was a great deal of planning went into this crime, as well as the other ones across the country."
Within three minutes, police said the suspects managed to steal more than $100,000 worth of iPads and other electronic devices before fleeing through a back door.
The stolen cars were later found running and abandoned at a nearby apartment complex.
Evans said investigators are working with detectives from as far away as Florida and California in reference to Best Buy stores having been burglarized in similar fashion.
In addition to the rear garage door, an interior security door and a customer's car parked inside the garage were also damaged.
The suspects face charges of theft, vandalism, burglary and possession of burglary tools.