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Police: Suspect stole $36K in cell phones

Police say someone broke into a Rock Hill T-Mobile store on Sunday and stole more than $36,000 worth of cell phones, cash and SIM cards.

At about 9:20 a.m. Monday, employees at the T-Mobile store on Cherry Road called police after finding that the back door had been forced open and the security alarm didn’t sound when they went inside the business, according to a Rock Hill police report.

When police arrived, they noticed that the door’s lock and handle were missing and there was damage to the door frame, the report states. Police found a power plug titled out of its socket after the human resources director told them the security alarm could be bypassed if someone unplugged the power cord from the wall.

She also called the alarm company, which confirmed that the alarm had been set Sunday night but hadn’t been disarmed before 9:20 a.m., the report states.

The store room door, which requires a pass code to get inside, was found open, the report states. Police say 21 iPhone’s, seven Samsung Galaxy phones and a safe containing $7,000 cash and various SIM cards were all missing from the room.

The HR director said two employees recently quit the business and knew the store’s layout, security code and pass code to the store room, the report states.

Police are still investigating.

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