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Help Sought in Solving Cary Cell Phone Burglary

Posted May 4, 2007
Updated May 5, 2007

— Police on Friday asked the public for help in identifying two thieves who stole dozens of cell phones from a local store last week.

Eighty-four cell phones, valued at a total of $20,000, were taken from Capitol Cellular & Satellite, 1915 High House Road, between 7 p.m. April 23 and 9 a.m. April 24, police said. The culprits broke the front glass door to enter the store and loaded the phones into a trash can before exiting the business, police said.

One thief is described as a white male wearing a blue baseball cap with writing, dark blue gloves, blue jeans, a dark windbreaker and black shoes. The second thief is described as a white male wearing a gray hat, light blue gloves, a long-sleeve shirt with light and dark purple stripes, gray pants with a blue stripe down the leg and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME.


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  • spiritwarriorwoman May 7, 2007

    Nit pick! Nit pick! Nit pick! Were you all so nit picky when it came to The Bible.

    Are the cell phones any good if they hadn't been activated? Just asking cause not sure.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • angora May 6, 2007

    My cell phone was stolen in San Francisco a few years ago. I called my number and asked if they'd received any messages for me. They cussed me out. Deadbeats.

  • Michael Kenyon May 6, 2007

    That's funny. My granddaughter's cell phone was stolen at school, calls were made (meaning LE had someone they could ask about who made the calls) and the Carye school resource occifer refused to investigate it. His reasoning, "we wouldn't find it anyway".

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr May 6, 2007

    Actually since we're in NC burglary isn't the right word either. In NC a burglary only applies to breaking into a residential building at night while someone is home. This is simply a break in and larceny.

  • Travised May 6, 2007

    I found out with my now antique qualcomm phone all it took to get into programming was a (trying to remember) I think 7 digit code that was utterly SIMPLE. I changed the # on the model up from mine for a legally blind neighbor. I found out the hack codes for that phone on my own to verify the tower strength (tower ID #) and see if I had recieved the software updates.

    One of the frequently seen phones until recently never changed the access and programing codes on it's entire line. So it's VERY easy to mod them. PLUS if they were "pay per use" easier.

  • ScreenNameNotInUse May 5, 2007

    My understanding of these news stories is that they are written by a staff writer, unless otherwise stipulated. I was led to this impression a few years ago when I emailed one of the anchors about a report on stolen pickup tailgates. The story was a literally "how to" on stealing tailgates, who to sell them to and for how much. The anchor apologized for the impression the story gave and explained that he only read the stories handed to him. I can not help but believe this practice is often the case for online news. It is a simple matter of cut, paste, and publish. In other words, I doubt it is WRAL directly sensationlizing these stories, but some staff writer exercising his or her creative writing skills in the name of bad journalism.

  • PhotoJ May 5, 2007


    well, while I wholeheartedly agree with your correction to the usage of robbery versus burglary, I canot agree with your assumption that WRAL is "appealing to people's sense of fear."
    You are giving WRAL and journalists in general WAY too much credit. This is EXACTLY why I left that field 7 years ago - media shortcomings and the outrageous perceptions the public has of them.

  • Wolfpack Grad May 5, 2007

    Actually 20,000 for 84 cell phones means those were probably some pretty low end phones. I manage a cell phone store and most people dont understand that the FREE phone they get was actually bought by the store for $200.

  • Peter the Pony May 5, 2007

    How could 84 phones be worth $20,000 ??!! What kind of phones are these??

  • angora May 5, 2007


    You are correct. Too often the word "robbery" is used where "burglary" would be the correct term. This is not a minor detail; it is an issue of legal terminology. If these guys were charged with robbery they'd be acquitted because they did not rob anyone. They burglarized a business facility.