Krista Deans

Suspects Use Blanket to Steal $50K Worth of Cellphones: Hollywood Police

The Hollywood Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying and locating at least five individuals who stole approximately $50,000 worth of cellphones.

"We came in the morning ready to start to work and we noticed that there was a hole in the wall and some of our product was gone. It was just unreal. It was unimaginable," said Jennifer Daddio, employee.

Police said around 2:30 a.m. on May 27, the masked suspects entered a business located in the 3400 block of North 29th Avenue in Hollywood.

The suspects drilled a hole in the wall of an unoccupied office to gain entry, according to police.

Surveillance cameras captured three subjects laying out a blanket on the floor and placing the stolen property on the blanket. They then picked up the blanket and walked out of the business through the front door.

The suspect vehicle, believed to be a 2011 Toyota Sienna, then pulled up and a fourth person jumped out of the side door. He helped place the stolen property into the van before all of the suspects fled in the vehicle.

"It seemed to be very organized and they seemed to know what they were doing. So we're asking for the public's assistance in trying to identify these people," said Jaime Hernandez with Hollywood Police.

"We hope the police catch them and they come to justice. We do know that every security is in place that it will never happen again," Daddio said.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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