Burglars hit Apple store at Coconut Point in Estero

In this file photo, Apple released their new iPhone 3G across the country and enthusiasts wiling to wait in line were out early at Coconut Point Mall and other area Apple and AT&T stores to grab the latest version.

Photo by MICHEL FORTIER, Staff

In this file photo, Apple released their new iPhone 3G across the country and enthusiasts wiling to wait in line were out early at Coconut Point Mall and other area Apple and AT&T stores to grab the latest version.

— Last-minute Christmas shopping?

Four burglars hit the Apple store at Coconut Point Mall between Wednesday and Thursday, taking more than $30,000 in electronics, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Five laptops and 50 iPhones were among the items stolen.

Deputies received a call about the burglary at 5:14 a.m., according to an agency press release. Four black males dressed in hooded sweatshirts were seen exiting the store around the time of the burglary, and surveillance video shows several of the suspects taking items from the shelves.

An older model four-door Buick was seen parked in front of the store shortly before the burglary, and detectives believe it may be related to the crime.

On Thursday, a large shatter mark and cracks could be seen on the store's left window-front, as if something was thrown against it. One of the store's swinging doors was missing.

The store remained open on Thursday, with shoppers coming and going.

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