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Cops investigating the fate of $925,000 worth of stolen cellphones

Miami-Dade police are trying to figure out what happened to nearly $1 million worth of phones that were stolen from a shipping container bound for Chile.

Around Halloween, a large batch of Samsung cellphones valued at $925,000 disappeared during its journey from a warehouse in Doral to South America.

A manager at the Doral branch of the international logistics and freight forwarding company Expeditors, headquartered in Seattle, filed a report with Doral police on Nov. 8 after the company’s Chilean branch opened the container supposed to be filled with the phones and found sandbags instead.

According to the report, Expeditors consolidated two aluminum containers of phones into one and shipped it on Oct. 31. An independent truck driver had been hired to take the container from the Expeditors loading dock to Miami International Airport. The local Expeditors manager, Regina Castillo, told police she would give them surveillance video and drivers license information of the truck driver.

Castillo referred a Herald reporter to Expeditors corporate offices in Seattle, which did not respond.

Doral police handed the investigation to the Economic Crimes Unit of Miami-Dade Police when it was determined the crime didn’t occur in Doral.

“The switch occurred outside our jurisdiction,” said Detective Roberto Gomez, of Doral police.

The investigation continues. The crime comes a month after another local large-scale theft, when thieves stole $500,000 worth of Red Bull from a warehouse in Medley.

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