NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- New Haven Police are cracking down on stores selling stolen cell phones.
It's called Operation Apple Harvest, a reference to Apple Picking, a term for crooks swiping iPhones right out of someone's hands.
News 8 was there as police moved in, raiding stores suspected of selling stolen phones.
First up was Furniture Plus on Whalley Avenue.
"The police came in, I guess they was watching the store, yes I was in the middle of everything," said Diane Pierson.
Inside, police confiscated used cell phones. It's not illegal to sell them, but the store nor Elm City Wireless up the street, had a permit to do so.
More phones were found stashed in boxes in the back room, and later thousands of phones were discovered in the basement of a State Street market.
Police are focusing on the stores, so thieves have nowhere to sell hot property.
"Smart phones on the street are going for...75 to $100, so that is quick cash that somebody can get for running up and snatching the iPhone out of their hand while they are using it," said Detective Sgt. Robert Lawlor, NHPD.
The owner of Furniture Plus was put in cuffs, and three men from Elm City Wireless were taken into custody. Each could be charged with a felony.
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