West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 local phone stores burglarized

Two West Seattle stores focused mostly on phone sales are taking stock today after overnight burglaries. We heard this morning about the AT&T store in Morgan Junction getting hit, and before we could publish a story, we found out that Sound Advice, the Verizon dealer in The Junction, had an overnight break-in too. So far, it appears that store suffered the most extensive losses – virtually cleaned out, manager Mike Ellis told us when we stopped in a little while ago, even the monitor in the window that played promotional videos. They are open, but it’ll take them a day or so to recover on inventory; they are still taking stock. As for the AT&T store, Seattle Police spokesperson Det. Mark Jamieson told us it too was taking stock after initially reporting a window was broken and about half a dozen phones taken from a display. Jana tweeted this photo after passing by early this morning:

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No word so far if the two break-ins are believed to have been the work of the same burglars; in both cases, as you can see in the photos, they smashed glass doors to get in.

9 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 local phone stores burglarized"

  • Eric March 26, 2014 (5:24 pm)

    Wow, isn’t that AT&T store pretty much on the corner of California and Morgan? Talk about brazen worthless POS.

  • dsa March 26, 2014 (6:08 pm)

    Why don’t stores have alarms and video?

  • Sue March 26, 2014 (6:30 pm)

    Oh, how horrible. Those guys at Sound Advice are the most down-to-earth, nice people, who are a pleasure to deal with. So sorry that they had that happen to them.

  • JayDee March 26, 2014 (6:33 pm)

    It would be pretty random if they were not related. I can imagine that the number of cell phones from two heists are as easy to market as one. The Junction store should have a number of nearby cameras especially at West Seattle Coin and Chase across the street. And Radio Shack.

  • Raincity March 26, 2014 (7:17 pm)

    What a bummer. I agree the people at Sound Advice are super cool – I hope they catch the suspects.

  • Mr Elliott March 26, 2014 (7:44 pm)

    “…phones taken from a display.” That certainly was a well thought out crime.

  • trickycoolj March 26, 2014 (9:43 pm)

    Aren’t the displays usually dummy phones? I’d love to see those on eBay lol.

  • what? March 26, 2014 (10:28 pm)

    I hope they get theirs!! Stupid crooks!! Go work for your own things!

  • Eric1 March 26, 2014 (11:39 pm)

    Even if they can’t sell the phones, they did thousands in damage. Much like when they break the window of your car to find out there isn’t anything worth stealing. You are still out a few hundred bucks for their stupidity.
    Too bad we can’t have exploding phones, bear traps, and the good old flamethrower in the car door. Damn the ACLU…

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