SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)—-Five men have been arrested for allegedly breaking into cell phone stores in San Francisco and stealing cell phones, according to police,
The first case happened around 5 a.m. when three male suspects burglarized a cell phone store on West Portal Avenue. They stole a large safe with numerous electronics and cell phones inside that cost over $30,000.
Surveillance video shows the suspects wearing masks, hooded sweatshirts and gloves to hide their identities. The suspects put the safe into a car and left.
San Francisco police quickly started investigating the case which led them to the identity of one of the suspects and another car used in the burglary.
The SFPD Patrol Bureau Task Force conducted surveillance on one of the suspected cars. They were able to follow five suspects to a cell phone store on Pitt School Road in Dixon.
The officers then saw the suspects break into the back door of a cell phone store and steal a safe with numerous cell phones worth over $40,000.
Surveillance footage shows the suspects wearing masks and gloves to hide their identities. The suspects put the safe into their car and left.
One team part of the task force followed one of the suspected cars. The California Highway Patrol helped them pull over one of the cars.
33-year-old Layne Bishop, 36-year-old Duane Bishop and 36 year-old William Owens were taken into custody.
Other officers part of the task force followed another suspected car leading to the arrest of 24 year-old Christian Bishop and 32 year-old Alvin Chambers.
All the suspects were booked in the Solano County Jail on charges of burglary, grand theft, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools.
Officers conducted search warrants in Oakland related to the case on November 11. They found and seized $105,500, along with several stolen cell phones and other electronics costing up to $25,000.
A sixth suspect remains at large. The suspect’s photo is not available because of a pending arrest warrant.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.