Caught on Camera: Thousands of Dollars in iPhones, iPads Stolen From Cell Phone Store

Police estimate that the total loss was between $50,000 and a $100,000

Tens of thousands of dollars in electronics, including iPads, iPhones and laptops, were stolen after three men smashed a window and cut through a gate at a cellphone store Tuesday morning in Garden Grove.

The "smash and grab" burglary, which police said might be related to other similar crimes, took place at Oztek Wireless in the 10700 block of Westminster Boulevard just after 2 a.m.

Burglars dressed in what appeared to be hooded sweatshirts used a large tool to shatter the glass and used a bolt cutter to break through the iron fence sliding doors.

They made off with about 100 unlocked iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 Pluses, about 10 to 20 iPads, high-end laptops and LG and Samsung phones, officials said.

Police estimate that the total loss was between $50,000 and a $100,000.

"I'm so frustrated," said Vu Bui, who has owned the story for about three months. "I feel terrible. They took all my inventory."

He received a call from the alarm company and watched the crime as it occurred because he had access to the store's surveillance cameras on his phone.

"They knew exactly what to get," Bui said. 

Bui believes the men responsible had been in the store before and knew where he had stored items. 

Garden Grove police say the case could linked to a network of "smash and grab" crews. Police said thieves recently hit five Target stores in just one night.

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