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Phone repair shop hit by burglars again

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Posted By:  Jenn Schanz
Jschanz@klkntv.com

It happened around 2:30 Friday morning.

Lincoln police were patrolling the area near South and Normal streets when they saw the side window of Phone Fix USA had been smashed in with a rock.

Eight cell phones, a cash drawer, a laptop and an iPad were stolen.

"Due to the high dollar [value] of the inventory that we're trying to sell, it's hard to replace. Even if the insurance ends up reimbursing you for the cost of inventory," says store owner Kurtis Kraatez.

When he got the early morning phone call from the police, it was an all too familiar feeling.

This is the second time Phone Fix USA has been burglarized in just two months. The estimated loss this time around is $3,000.

But it's not the only cell phone repair store that's been hit.

"A similar store, IRepair Smart Phones, has also been burglarized two times within the last two months," says Officer Katie Flood of the Lincoln Police Department.

Police haven't made any arrests, but surveillance footage from one of IRepair's burglaries shows potential suspects.

That strike was a $15,000 loss.

Kraatez, who's been in contact with the IRepair's owner, suspects the burglaries are related., and aimed at getting Apple and Samsung products.

"I'm thinking it's probably the same group, it's so close together, you know. It may be as many as five or six individuals taking turns, and someone probably is at the top of a small group that knows how to move these phones and sell them for cash."

As the investigation into this burglary spree continues, Phone Fix USA has installed a new security system with multiple cameras.

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