Knox Best Buy burglary may be linked to others

Knox Best Buy burglary may be linked to others

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Knoxville police say a burglary at the Best Buy store near North Peters Road is similar to the Murfreesboro crime. Knoxville police say a burglary at the Best Buy store near North Peters Road is similar to the Murfreesboro crime.
Surveillance video shows the thieves leaving the Murfreesboro store with laptops, iPads and other devices. Surveillance video shows the thieves leaving the Murfreesboro store with laptops, iPads and other devices.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A high-tech crime ring targeting Best Buy stores may be behind the burglary of stores in Knoxville and Murfreesboro.

Murfreesboro police say at least eight burglars hit a Best Buy store in that city on Tuesday. The thieves stole more than $100,000 in electronics.

Detectives are trying to determine if Tuesday's crime is connected to a similar one in West Knoxville.

Officials think the way criminals have operated in crimes out of Florida, California, and Knoxville is similar to the Murfreesboro burglary.

In the Murfreesboro crime, surveillance video shows a stolen car crashing in through a garage door. The thieves left with laptops, iPads and other devices.

Murfreesboro detectives speculate the thieves may have thought the electronic store had stocked the new iPhone 5, but the new smart phone had not been released in stores yet.

"Investigators are working with detectives from California, Florida, and Knoxville, Tennessee," Murfreesboro Police Sgt. Kyle Evans said.

Knoxville police say a burglary at the Best Buy store near North Peters Road is similar to the Murfreesboro crime.

"There were four or five individuals who went into the store. They were in there a very short amount of time and they left with several laptops, virus software, things like that," said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Darrell DeBusk.

DeBusk said electronics worth thousands of dollars were taken, including iPads.

According to the Knoxville Police Department report, the burglars forced their way in through one of the delivery doors after hours. It says the men appeared to be wearing hoodies, gloves and masks.

"If it is connected, and if they keep doing this, there will be a break in the case," DeBusk said. "There's going to be a slip up in the case. It's going to lead one of these police agencies to make an arrest."

Best Buy officials say they are cooperating with authorities to solve the crimes.

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call the Knoxville Police Department's antonymous tip line at (865) 215-7212.

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