Deputies seek man accused of stealing 44 iPhones

Deputies believe man also stole 4 iPads from Ponte Vedra Beach store

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Deputies are asking for the public's help finding a man accused of stealing from a Ponte Vedra Beach business.

After 4 a.m. Thursday, deputies said the robbery suspect entered the Verizon Wireless store on Fairfield Boulevard by smashing the front door glass with a sledge hammer.

The man removed two demo phones in the shopping area and then the rest of the phones and iPads from a rear room, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the robber placed the stolen items into a white bag and fled from the store in an unknown direction.

Following an inventory, it was determined that the suspect removed 44 iPhones along with 4 iPads with a retail value of over $30,000, deputies said.

The suspect was described by the Sheriff's office as a dark-skinned, possibly black man who is between 5 foot 9 inches and 6 foot 2 inches tall, and wore long red shorts and a white T-shirt.

Deputies said the robbery suspect also attempted to conceal his face by draping a black, possibly hoodie or sweat shirt, over his head.

Those with any information concerning the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Detective David Garns at the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-209-3982. You can also remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477).

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