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CRIME BRIEFS: Police seek help identifying theft suspects

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CRIME BRIEFS: Police seek help identifying theft suspects | Theft, Fraud, RCSO, MPD, Crime Briefs, SPD, Smyrna, Walmart, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Crime

Detectives with the Smyrna Police Department are trying to determine the identity of this man (shown above) who allegedly stole cell phones on Jan. 19, 2014, from Wal-Mart in Smyrna, Tenn. (Photo submitted)

SMYRNA, Tenn. – Authorities are asking the public for help in identifying two men wanted in connection with a felony theft at Wal-Mart.

The suspects are accused of stealing two white Samsung Galaxy S III cell phones from the Wal-Mart on Enon Springs Road East on the morning of Jan. 19 after they were able to get into a cabinet in the electronics department, according to a Smyrna Police Department press release.

One of the men allegedly walked into the bathroom, took the cell phone out of the packaging, and concealed the two phones in his clothing before leaving the store. 

The phones are worth an estimated $400 each.

Based on video surveillance footage, both suspects are white males who appear to be in their late teens or early 20s. 

At the time of the incident, the first suspect was wearing a grey hooded jacket and blue jeans. The second suspect was wearing a Green Bay Packers toboggan, brown coat and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the identity of these suspects is asked to call Detective Allan Nabours, who works for Smyrna police, at 615-459-6644.

Woman falls victim to phone scammer

Local law enforcement officials are warning residents about a recent phone scam after a woman lost more than $100 in cash when she unknowingly sent money to a suspect pretending to be a detective with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman told officers a man who identified himself as a lieutenant called Tuesday saying she would need to pay $130 fine for not showing up for jury duty, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

The woman complied but soon learned that no warrant had been issued for her arrest because she had not missed jury duty.

Officials are advising residents who receive such calls to obtain the phone number being used by the suspect and immediately notify the Police Department at 615-893-1311 or Sheriff’s Office at 615-898-7770.

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