Thieves Crash Car Into Store in North Miami

Authorities investigate after car slams into cell phone store

By Julia Bagg and Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012  |  Updated 11:28 AM EDT
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Authorities are investigating after thieves crashed a car crashed into a cell phone store in North Miami Tuesday morning. The incident happened at Wireless Toyz at 995 Northeast 135th Street and was caught on surveillance tape.

Authorities are investigating after thieves crashed a car crashed into a cell phone store in North Miami Tuesday morning. The incident happened at Wireless Toyz at 995 Northeast 135th Street and was caught on surveillance tape.

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Thieves Crash Car Into Store in North Miami

North Miami Police said the thieves deliberately crashed the stolen car into Wireless Toyz before they made off with merchandise. Store owner Carlos Gonzalez and North Miami Police spokesman Neal Cuevas talk about the incident.
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Authorities are investigating after thieves crashed a car crashed into a cell phone store in North Miami Tuesday morning.

The incident happened at Wireless Toyz at 995 Northeast 135th Street.

North Miami Police officials say thieves deliberately crashed the stolen car, a champagne-colored Nissan Maxima, into the store and made off with an unknown amount of merchandise.

Footage from the scene showed the car almost completely inside the store with just the front end sticking out of a broken window.

North Miami Police spokesman Maj. Neal Cuevas says it happened around 4:50 a.m., but he didn't have any description of possible suspects.

"I feel so bad," said store owner Ana Leonardi, who stood staring at the shattered front window later Tuesday.

Cuevas said the crime could possibly be related to other smash-and-grab style burglaries around the county. 

Similar burglaries have happened at h.h. gregg stores in Aventura and Hialeah and an electronics store in North Miami Beach.

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"Just ridiculous," said Wireless Toyz employee Edouard Pierre-Louis, who swept up shards of glass Tuesday. "People are doing anything for a buck."

Pierre-Louis wasn't immediately sure just how much was missing from the store, which remained open for business.

"Life goes on, all you can do is clean up and continue trying to help the customers," he said. "Hopefully the police do their job and catch whoever did what they did."

Check back with NBC6.com for updates.

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