iPhones Stolen from Oceanside Verizon Store

This is the third cell phone store robbery of its kind in the North County this month, though police have not confirmed if the incidents are related

A man armed with a handgun made off with stolen iPhones during a robbery at a Verizon Wireless store in Oceanside Friday afternoon.

The heist happened at around 3:30 p.m. at a store in the 4200-block of Oceanside Boulevard.

According to police, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt some sort of covering over his face entered the cell phone store and stole an unknown number of Apple iPhones.

The man was armed with a gun.

Police said witnesses described him as being in his 20s, approximately 5-foot-9, with a skinny build.

He fled the scene before officers arrived. No one was injured in the robbery.

This is the third cell phone store robbery of its kind reported in San Diego’s North County this month. So far, a robbery like this has happened once a week in the area.

On Jan. 14, an armed man robbed a Verizon store in the 3700-block of Plaza Drive in Oceanside. In that incident, the suspect got away with 15 Apple iPhones and some cash. No one was injured.

On Jan. 7, an armed man stole $17,000 worth of iPhones from a Sprint store in Poway. That robbery was caught on surveillance tape. The frightening footage shows the suspect pointing at gun at two employees while forcing them to stuff a bag with 30 to 40 iPhones.

There is no confirmation from police that these three robberies are in any way related.

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