Heist costs AT&T store 66 phones, 13 tablets

Police said access was gained by sawing through bathroom wall 

IMG_0309State police from the Avondale barracks are investigating a complex theft from the AT&T store in the 800 block of East Baltimore Pike in East Marlborough Township that occurred sometime between Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.

Police said entry was gained through the rear door of an adjacent store, accessing the bathroom and using a motorized saw blade to cut a four-foot by two-foot hole in the drywall that allowed entry into the AT&T bathroom. Once inside, the thief or thieves removed five iPads, 48 iPhones, one Blackberry, three LG phones, one Nokia phone, 13 Samsung Galaxy phones, and eight Samsung Galaxy tablets.

 Police said the suspects, who removed surveillance footage from the store, also used the saw to cut through the metal latches used to lock the room where the phones were kept. They also ripped a camera off the wall in a back hallway that monitors the entrance to the storeroom, police said, adding that the thief or thieves fled through the same door they entered. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.

A trio of men, ranging in age from 20 to 50, is accused of a quick change scam that played out at the Walmart on Schoolhouse Road in East Marlborough Township on Nov. 5 at 6:54 p.m., state police from the Avondale barracks said. Police said one of the suspects asked the cashier to make change for a $100 bill and then deliberately confused the issue by handing over additional bills and requesting that they be changed into smaller bills as well. Police said the suspects netted $1,750. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.

On Nov. 9 at 6:42 p.m., troopers charged Courtney M. Rupert, 19, of Kennett Square, with retail theft at the same Walmart, state police said. Police said Rupert concealed $62.58 worth of merchandise in her purse and attempted to leave the store.

The front yard of a residence in the 300 block of Brandywine Drive in Newlin Township was damaged when someone drove a motor vehicle on it between Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 8 a.m., state police from the Embreeville barracks said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Matthew R. Truscott at 610-486-6280 and reference incident No. J03-1419660.

State police from the Avondale barracks are investigating a reported burglary in the 200 block of Kennett Pike in Kennett Township, police said. The break-in occurred sometime between 10 a.m. on Oct. 31 and 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 9, police said, adding that a jewelry box and multiple items of jewelry were taken.



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