Thousands in cell phones taken from WalmartPublished 10:20am Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Sixteen cell phones, estimated at $8,600 in value, were reported stolen from behind a counter at Walmart, 1550 Blake Ave., at 5:27 p.m. Tuesday. Police stated two males took the phones at about 4:30 a.m., left the building through an emergency exit, then got into their vehicle and quickly left.symbolic
Albert Lea Police Lt. Jeff Strom stated a similar incident took place at a Walmart in Hudson, Wis. In that instance, there was about $16,000 in cell phones taken.
The two thefts are believed to be connected.
The incident is still under investigation.
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