WEST JEFFERSON —The West Jefferson Police Department is currently investigating a break-in that occurred early Sunday morning at the Carolina West Wireless store in West Jefferson where cellphones estimated at $25,000 were stolen.
According to West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose, the break-in occurred at 2:35 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20.
Rose said that the suspects used a large rock to break the store’s glass door in order to get inside and then headed directly to a room in the back where cell phones were kept.
According to Rose, the total break-in lasted less than two minutes.
Police were able to obtain surveillance images which show the suspects with masks on. The rock used to break the glass was also recovered at the scene.
But Rose says this isn’t the first time Carolina West Wireless stores have been targeted in the area.
Stores in Hickory, Mt. Airy, Elkin, Boone and Wilkesboro have all been subjects of a break-in within the last few months.
Rose said authorities are now looking at other local surveillance footage for leads in the case.
“We’re trying to piece some stuff together right now,” Rose said.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.