MIDDLETOWN, Ohio; SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN)- Two Verizon stores are back open Friday, after they were hit by some early morning thieves.
Police told 2 NEWS a break-in first happened at the Verizon store at Towne Mall in Middletown sometime around 3 a.m.
Middletown officers announced the break-in on the intercom and 30 minutes later that call help Springboro police make an arrest.
Officers spotted a car with three men matching the description from that break-in at the Verizon store off of SR 741, 15 minutes North of their first alleged hit.
After a short chase, Springbroro officers stopped the car in the Settlers Walk neighborhood and took the driver into custody, but two passengers ran off.
Officers swarmed the area and those two suspects were caught on Kitty Hawk Drive.
All three men have been taken into custody and are awaiting their charges.
Police believe these criminals may be looking for some quick cash.
Cell phone break-ins and burglaries have been a problem for the Miami Valley.
About 3 months ago, a Beavercreek AT&T was robbed, a Miamisburg’s T-Mobile had break in and Infinite Wireless were robbed and held up in Dayton.
Miami Township Police told 2 NEWS the value of smart phones and other modern technology makes retailers easy targets.
“These guy will go out all night. They have the tools to trade with them. They know exactly what they’re gonna do when they get in there. They grab the stuff; they’re out within a minute or two. They’re going all over the Midwest; just because it happens here, doesn’t mean the people that do it are from here,” said Sergeant Jay Phares.
It’s suspected that cell phone theft rings are committing the crimes.
Officials believe people sell the phones and tablets to a buyer who’s selling them overseas for a larger profit.