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Thieves take thousands in merchandise from Best Buy

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Security footage shows theft suspects. Security footage shows theft suspects.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB) -- More than $100,000 dollars worth of merchandise is snatched off the shelves of a local Best Buy store.

WDRB News has learned how thieves were able to take the merchandise with employees inside the store.  It happened early Friday morning at the Shelbyville Road location. The thieves forced their way in through a loading door.

"We were there within 30-seconds of receiving the call and they were already gone," said Det. Dennis McDonald, with St. Matthews Police.  "Once inside, they removed approximately a hundred thousand dollars worth of cell phones and mobile devices."

It happened at about 1 o'clock in the morning while employees were still inside, but there was no confrontation.

Det. McDonald explains, "When they heard the break in occurring, they did exactly what they were trained to do and they retreated to a safe location, barricaded themselves in that location and immediately called police."

The four suspects were in and out in no time; they were also very methodical.  "One of those individuals even comes in with a large garbage bin…and that's what they load the property into to take it out of the store," says Det. McDonald.

St. Matthews Police suspect the thieves are part of an organized crime ring that has hit Best Buy stores in several states.  "We are aware of thefts similar to this occurring in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia," said McDonald.

All of their faces were covered, but a witness did get a description of three possible getaway cars.

Det. McDonald explained, "One is a tan minivan, the other two have been described as dark colored SUVs or pickup trucks."

The thieves didn't spend much time inside the store during the break in, but police are sure it wasn't their first visit to Best Buy.

"We are confident they surveyed the store prior to going in, probably were watching the store for several days, probably were inside the store during regular business hours," said McDonald.

Several Verizon Cell phone stores have also been hit in surrounding areas, right now police are trying to determine if it's the same group responsible.

Best Buy would not comment on camera, however, the company did release this statement:

"Our primary concern is for the safety of our customers and employees. No one was harmed and we are cooperating with local law enforcement."

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