Rash of robberies at cell phone stores on the rise in Ventura County

VCSO calls it "disturbing trend"

Rash of robberies at cell phone...

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - A string of robberies at Ventura County cell phone stores is keeping law enforcement on high alert.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is calling it a "disturbing trend." 

In just one week, two AT&T stores were robbed during store hours, one in Camarillo and one Thursday night off Johnson road in the City of Ventura.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredijian says the number of these types of crimes is growing with the target being cell phone stores.

“We’ve noticed it’s a trend that happens during closing time and they are typically armed robberies where people are taking the merchandise by force or fear, and it’s a trend that is spreading,” said Capt, Kuredijian. “We attribute that to the cost of the phones and the secondary market for these phones.”

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators are working to find out if these robberies are connected.

NewsChannel 3 reached out to AT&T for a comment but have not heard back. KEYT's Alex Biston will have a full report tonight at 5:00 and 6:00 on NewsChannel 3. Check back for updated information and additional content.

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