JSO: Stolen tools from Walmart used to burglarize Verizon store

By Troy Blevins, Online Editor, Producer
Published On: Mar 13 2014 04:52:49 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying a burglar who they believe stole tools from a Walmart to burglarize a nearby Verizon store.

Patrol officers began investigating a burglary that happened around 4:16 a.m Tuesday at the Verizon store at 10400 San Jose Blvd.

Authorities said the initial investigation revealed that an unknown individual forced entry into the store and used pliers to remove cellphones from the displays. The pliers were located at the scene.

Additional information at the scene indicated that the pliers may have been obtained from a nearby Walmart, according to JSO.

Investigators were able to obtain video of the alleged burglar shoplifting pliers from the same nearby Walmart within a 30-minute time frame of the burglary.

Due to additional evidence, investigators believe that the burglar seen shoplifting the pliers is the same person who burglarized the Verizon store, JSO said.

Mobile users: Click here to view surveillance video

Anyone who has any information about this burglary or knows the identity of the burglar is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, JSO says to contact Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

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