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88 iPhones reported stolen from IHOP parking lot in Miami Springs

Three men from Tampa who made the trek to South Florida hoping to sell 88 iPhones reported the phones stolen from their rental car.

The men met with a trio of potential buyers in a parking lot in the 3500 block of Northwest 72nd Avenue in Miami-Dade at about 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27, hoping to sell the new iPhone 6 Plus models, according to a Miami Springs Police report.

Three men pulled up in a gold Nissan Altima, according to the report. The trunk was popped, prices discussed and a deal reached — but the potential buyers needed “to return with the money.”

The sellers drove off to eat lunch at an IHOP on Northwest 36th Street in Miami Springs. Back at the parking lot an hour later, they discovered that the phones — valued at about $60,000 — were gone.

The victims confronted the would-be buyers, who denied any involvement. Police observed a pry mark on the rear of the trunk.

All the suspects were described to police as having black hair and beards, black eyes and standing about five feet, seven inches tall.

The victims told police they purchased the phones at an Apple store in Sarasota.

If you have any information, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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