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Cloquet police seek help in burglary

An apparently well-planned heist of more than $70,000 worth of sophisticated cell phones from an AT&T store in Cloquet last week has police asking for help.

An apparently well-planned heist of more than $70,000 worth of sophisticated cell phones from an AT&T store in Cloquet last week has police asking for help.

On Monday, Cloquet police released video-camera images of the suspect taken during the burglary of the store at 1498 S. Highway 33 that resulted in the theft of about 250 cell phones.

They ask anyone who can help identify the man -- who possibly was connected to a silver minivan seen in the area -- to call Cloquet police at (218) 879-1247.

Authorities are calling it the biggest break-in in terms of dollars lost in Cloquet in recent years.

The suspect broke into the store early Sept. 5 from a vacant Papa John's restaurant next door. With tools the burglar brought with him, the suspect cut through a sheetrock wall and severed the wiring to the surveillance system. He then went through the ceiling to get into the locked storage room where the phones were kept. There he pried open the phone safe with tools he took with him.

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The stolen phones included Motorola smart phones, iPhones, Samsungs and various accessories, SIM cards and iPads.

The suspect is described as a white man, wearing a dark-colored jacket or sweatshirt with gray sweatpants. He was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap. A silver minivan was seen in the area during the time of the burglary, which is believed to have occurred about2 a.m. Labor Day.

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