As used-phone market booms, so do thefts

  • Article by: Matt McKinney , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 14, 2013 - 6:48 AM

Mall kiosks and other outlets aim to cash in. Some are diligent about turning in stolen items.

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mnpikeyDec. 13, 13 9:57 PM

Just report your iphone stolen to the carrier and Apple and the IMEI will be blacklisted and unable to be used ever again by anyone.

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hittodeadDec. 13, 1310:00 PM

Too bad that Rosedale and other malls rent space to these operations that fence stolen goods.

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cindaleDec. 13, 1311:01 PM

hittodead - so you are saying Best Buy is buying stolen phones and equipment too. That is a pretty serious accusation but if true is huge. How do you prosecute a Best Buy for laundering stolen merchandise? Is it the person at the counter that should be held responsible? or higher up?

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JRBDec. 13, 1311:53 PM

When a phone is reported as stolen, there should be an easy way to make it inoperable, so as to make it useless to the thief who stole it and the person they sold it to. Period.

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hittodeadDec. 14, 1312:36 AM

cindale: I'm not accusing Best Buy of anything. Read the article-it says there is a concern that some of these companies who buy used phones and other devices are trading in stolen goods. If Best Buy also buys used phones, I hope they have measures in place to avoid purchasing stolen items. But the bottom line is that theft of such devices, and other in-demand items, is up because it's so easy to convert them to cash. Between eBay, Craigs List, the pawn shops you see everywhere, and now these "recyclers", thieves these days are in a sellers market when it comes to unloading their haul.

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luxaeternaDec. 14, 13 6:26 AM

I hope these companies require a valid photo ID for anyone trying to sell a phone.

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uofmbossDec. 14, 13 6:46 AM

iOS 7 has taken care of a lot of problems.

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uofmbossDec. 14, 13 6:47 AM

@luxaeterna - They do

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joeljyDec. 14, 1310:49 AM

Better question--why do we need to be carrying these devices everywhere? Why have we become slaves to our phones and laptops?

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duckhunter97Dec. 14, 1312:00 PM

I have been walking around the U of M lately looking for one of these tough guys to try to take my phone. I have a surprise for them under my coat. Put it this way the thug won't be stealing any more phones!!!

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