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Vancouver phone store burglarized three times in one night

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Two thieves who came into the store around 4:41 a.m. Two thieves who came into the store around 4:41 a.m.
The phone store was robbed again at 5:30 a.m. by a man in a green sweatshirt. The phone store was robbed again at 5:30 a.m. by a man in a green sweatshirt.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A cell phone store was burglarized not just once, but three times in a night and the store’s owner says it’s all because of a malfunction with his security system. 

It happened in the early morning hours of Feb. 10 at the Phone Stop off of NE Fourth Plain, according to store owner Slava Sarksyan.

Sarksyan says he’s had an alarm system in place for years to prevent something like this from happening and was stunned to find it didn’t work when he needed it the most.

Sarksyan says it was a garbage truck driver who noticed his shop was broken into and called police.

His surveillance cameras capture that officer as he investigates what happened.  Those cameras also recorded something not even Sarksyan was prepared for.

“Later when I got here and the police were here, I went to review the tapes and I saw people went in at 2:30 and then at 4 and then at 5:30, or something, three times,” said Owner Slava Sarksyan.

The surveillance video shows the first man as he smashed his way into the store and then shattered a glass case with phones inside.  He then grabbed everything he could carry and ran out.

Hours later, two more thieves seize the opportunity to grab a couple of things.  The video shows them trying to break into a second glass case, but they can’t, so they run off.

Hours later, surveillance video shows a man in green walk by and throw something in the store, knocking phone cases off of a display. That man then decides to go in and swipe some phones for himself.

Sarksyan says all of this activity should have tripped his alarm system, but for some reason it did not.

“It’s frustrating because you pay for it and you think you’re going to get protected,” said Sarksyan.

Sarksyan says that ADT told him his motion detector was somehow obstructed, so he got that fixed. He’s also installed thicker glass doors and windows and now has bars that run across that glass to prevent something like this from happening again.

FOX 12 did reach out to the local ADT office in Washington to talk to them about what happened, they referred our calls to their corporate offices in Texas. At the time this story aired, administrators have yet to return those calls.

If you know anything about these crimes, or recognize someone from these surveillance images call Vancouver Police.

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