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Man steals two dozen iPhones from Carytown shop

A man who walked into a Carytown shop flashed a gang sign before walking out with tens of thousands of dollars in stolen electronics.
Posted at 12:01 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 00:08:07-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A man who walked into a Carytown shop flashed a gang sign before walking out with tens of thousands of dollars in stolen electronics.

Fruit Fixed owner Justin Carroll said he had a gut instinct that the suspect he had seen casing out his Carytown business Sunday afternoon, would be back.

"We saw him fidgeting with one of the display cases and trying to get past the lock,” Carroll said. “He left, but it made sense to call the police and let them know something had happened."

Monday morning, the man came back in and flashed a gang sign at the camera before ripping it off the wall.

"That was his first move three or four paces into the store, and ripped it right out of the wall," Carroll said.

Carroll said employees never saw a weapon, but the man’s aggressive behavior was enough to make them retreat.

"The initial count is 19 phones, two Macbooks, six sets of air pods and two iPads and this is not third-party stuff,” Carroll said. “It was new inventory so this is expensive stuff."

Fortunately, Crime Insider sources say the suspect filled out some repair paperwork Sunday night and apparently left a partially correct name.

"He wanted you to know the way he busted through the door and came towards the back,” Carroll said. “He knew our movements. He did some homework."

Detectives are working the case and following the name clue.

If you recognize the young man in the video, call Crime Stopppers at 804-780-1000.