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Old 12-15-2008, 09:11 PM
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I work for a cell phone company & last night a guy threw a brick thru one of the windows & stole 4 phones within 17 seconds. I closed last night, and 5 minutes before close the guy came in the store. He was acting very shifty & kept his hands in his pockets & kept looking around the store. He really creeped me out. A car pulled up & he left quickly. After he left, the guy I was working with said he was really weirded out by the way the guy was acting also. We have security cameras at work, & as soon as we saw the tape, it was obvious it was the same guy. He was wearing the same clothes & even looked straight at the camera. It was obvious he had come in to case the store earlier. After watching the tapes back from when he was in the store earlier in the evening, we realized how quickly he left when that car pulled up outside, so now we are thinking it was possible he was going to rob us & got spooked by the car. I am really glad that car pulled up!

There is a subway store next to us that has been robbed & there used to be a liquor store in the shopping center that was robbed & broken into several times. They ultimately closed b/c they kept getting broken in to.

There are a lot of shady characters that come thru. There is a low income apatment complex behind the shopping center. And a lot of the shady people that live there have piled up shopping carts to climb over the fence between the apartments & the shopping center.

Sorry for the long post. I am just super freaked out, thinking about how possible it was, that he intended to rob us yesterday evening!

We will definitely be asking our manager to hire a security guard.
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:23 PM
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Scary! This "shitty economy" has led to quite a bit of property crimes. Good for my business, but bad for those they steal from.

So glad you were not there when that happened!
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:33 PM
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Woah, that is super scary! But, I'm glad it didn't happen when you or anyone else was in the store! Make sure you and your coworkers walk each other to your cars and stuff after work to ensure you make it home safely! They just arrested a guy in my hometown who was following women to their cars and mugging them. He stabbed one woman with a screwdriver!
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:46 PM
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When I first read this I thought you said a guy threw a brick phone through the window. I was amazed that someone still had one!

Seriously though, I'm so sorry this happened! That sucks.
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:26 PM
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Holly....how scary! Glad you (and your co-workers) weren't in the building at the time. And, definitely take Anna's suggestion about walking each other out to your cars after work.
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Old 12-16-2008, 12:37 AM
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Glad you weren't there at the time...i was robbed working at Walgreens and it was the scariest experience of my life. Even in the smallish town I live in now someone robbed the donut shop at gunpoint recently. Hard to escape the crime unfortunately.
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:19 PM
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Hmmm.... all the phones at the cell phone stores here are just shells are "display" ones... they keep the real ones in the back.
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^The story is not nearly exciting enough to be made up.
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:39 PM
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Wow, girl I'm glad you are okay!!! Please take the advice of others and be walked out to your car too!!
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:05 PM
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Hmmm.... all the phones at the cell phone stores here are just shells are "display" ones... they keep the real ones in the back.
All of our display phones are live phones, one of each model, so that our customers can try them. They were all on security cables w/ alarms, which helps when we are open & someone might try to steal one, but obviously no help in this circumstance. All together there are 27 display phones. All 4 of the phones stolen were smartphones that were on the same wall, which were the phones the guy had been "checking out" when he came in before we closed.


We always walk to our cars together, but there are several nights when it just 2 girls closing together. We always stay together to our cars, but it can be a little creepy when some random guy comes around the corner & basically stares us down!
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