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Downers Grove

Police investigate robbery at area cellphone store

Incident similar to Thanksgiving Day robbery of Elmhurst T-Mobile store

DOWNERS GROVE – Several cellphones valued at more than $6,000 reportedly were stolen Dec. 1 from a T-Mobile store in Downers Grove, according to a Downers Grove Police Department report.

Ten cellphones valued at about $6,300, two Apple watches valued at more than $1,000 and a speaker valued at $300 were stolen from the T-Mobile store at 66 Ogden Ave., the report stated. The phones and other items were removed from display racks in the store.

The incident took place at 12:04 a.m. Police responded to an alarm that was triggered when a rock was used to smash the front glass door of the store, according to the report.

The incident comes several days after about $4,000 worth of Apple iPhones and Apple watches were stolen from a T-Mobile store in Elmhurst.

That burglary occurred around 5 a.m. at the T-Mobile store located at 361 S. Route 83. Elmhurst police saw that the glass front door of the store had been smashed and discovered the burglary had occurred, police said.

A witness told police he saw several people enter the store and leave after about 30 seconds, police said. Police determined that the suspects were three or four male offenders, their heads and faces covered with hooded sweatshirts, police said.

The suspects fled in a white Jeep Cherokee, according to police reports.

A license plate camera in the area was able to capture the plate number of the vehicle, and police learned the vehicle had earlier been reported stolen in Huntley. Police found the stolen Jeep unoccupied and abandoned in a tow yard in Country Club Hills on Nov. 23, police said.

Another Downers Grove cellphone store was burglarized in early November when 16 cellphones valued at more than $9,000 and two tablets were stolen from the Sprint store, 504 Ogden Ave., according to police reports.

The incident took place at 11:08 p.m. Nov. 1. A landscaping brick was used to smash the front glass window of the store, the report stated.

Offenders acted quickly in both of the Downers Grove robberies, police said.

“In both of our cases, the offenders smashed out a window and were in and out of the building in less than 45 seconds. It is unknown at this time if any of the other incidents are related to the burglaries in Downers Grove,” said Bill Budds, support services manager for the Downers Grove Police Department.

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