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WESTERLY — Officers are investigating a weekend break-in at the Verizon Wireless store in which nine cellphones priced at about $8,000 were stolen.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said a bicyclist called dispatchers around 6:30 a.m. Sunday to report that someone had broken into TCC Westerly, the Verizon dealer in the Westerly Crossings Plaza on Franklin Street. Officers arrived to find that the glass entrance door facing CVS had been smashed and that the cords holding the phones to their display cases had been cut. 

"A number of high-end phones from Apple and Samsung were taken," Lacey said. "There were a total of nine phones missing, with an estimated value of approximately $8,000 in all."

The theft may be connected to similar break-ins reported in Coventry, Warwick and New London. Lacey said the Verizon store in New London was struck in similar fashion the same night, and that a GMC Arcadia reported stolen from Massachusetts was used as a getaway vehicle in the New London burglary.

Westerly police are seeking additional surveillance video from both stores and from the New London police, Lacey said. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Westerly Police Department at 401-596-2022.

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