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Owner of Sprint stores outraged after break-ins

Surveillance video image of the burglaries at a Bardstown Road Sprint store. (Source: Michael Pearce) Surveillance video image of the burglaries at a Bardstown Road Sprint store. (Source: Michael Pearce)
Officer Carey Klain Officer Carey Klain

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville businessman is outraged over thieves who have repeatedly broken into his stores. Michael Pearce owns several Sprint stores in Louisville. Recently, two to four men have smashed through his businesses front door and gotten away with cell phones. Out of his ten stores, two stores have been broken into four times. His store on Dixie Highway and on Bardstown Road have been targeted.

Pearce shared the store surveillance with WAVE 3 News. In the video, you can see the men who are in the store for no more than 30 seconds. They rip cell phones off security mounting and trash the store in the process. Each time a store has been broken into thousands of dollars in damages has been done. 

Pearce believes it's the same men targeting his stores because he says two men are wearing the same sweatshirts in the video. He believes the men may be connected to other cell phone robberies in town.

Police suspect the thieves sell the stolen phones at area flea markets, on the streets, and possibly overseas.  Some of the phones have a value of $600. The stolen phones can sell anywhere from $150 to $200 each. 

Many times the phones are located since they have GPS devices. Sprint says a stolen phone can't be activated at a store. The person found with the stolen phone can face criminal charges of receiving stolen property.

“Most places are pretty good about tracking that stuff and following up,” said Officer Carey Klain, a spokeswoman for the Louisville Metro Police Department. “Might not be today or tomorrow, but eventually we'll find out who they are.”

On Aug. 19 There was an armed robbery at a Version store on Dixie Highway just a few doors down from the Sprint store that was broken into. Police are looking to see if they are connected. 

If you recognize the men in these surveillance images, contact police.

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