Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Cell phones have become a top target for thieves. They will steal them anyway they can.
Syracuse Police are hoping the public can help them find a man who they believe pilfered phones from a Phone Express location on Butternut Street on May 19.
The man was on surveillance video while in the store, but there were no red flags that he might be a thief.
“We don't want people to just see things through a showcase, and see the phone and decide whether you want it or not,” said the store owner, Amar Kader.
In a surprise move, a thief picked several devices and darted out the door.
“It was really unexpected, there were customers behind him, next to him, he was looking and the phones and ran right out of the store,” Kader said.
The suspect allegedly made off with an iPhone 5, a Galaxy 4, and $1,400 worth of cell phones.
“It's a big loss, it really is,” said Kader.
Kader couldn’t catch him. But he and police are hoping that tips from visitors at OnTheLookout.net and NewsChannel 9 viewers will help them find the suspect.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect should call Syracuse Police at (315) 442-5222.