Police say two thieves cut the wires to surveillance systems at T-Mobile stores in Rolando and Hillcrest and made off with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.
The San Diego Police Department said the masked tandem, armed with pepper spray, entered the store at 5807 University Avenue first at around 6:45 p.m. and took several phones.
Then about 30 minutes later, the thieves hit the T-Mobile store at 120 Washington Street.
A woman who was inside told NBC 7 the men told employees they were there to upgrade their phones.
The alarms at both stores were set off when the suspects cut the surveillance system wires, SDPD said.
It is unknown at this time if the men threatened or sprayed any employees with the pepper spray.
SDPD Lt. Brown said the stolen merchandise will likely end up for sale online or on social media, but said customers won't be able to use the devices if they've been reported stolen.
The suspects are described as men between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and in their mid-20s. One was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and the other wore a blue sweatshirt, police said.
No other information was available.
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