They'd Have Been Better Off Stealing Two Cans and a String

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What is it with idiots and electronics today? First, some bone-headed German bargain hunters got swindled shopping for discount iPods. And now, down in Mexico, thieves are stealing hollow replica display case cell phones.

Reports HuffPo:

Employees at a Telefonica Movistar cell-phone store in Morelia, Mexico say they arrived Tuesday morning to find that the store had been broken into. An examination of the shop revealed the only items missing were hollow replica phones for display that are completely useless for making calls.

Employees say the clueless thieves overlooked real cell phones and cash in another part of the shop.


Even though the hot goods are nearly worthless, detectives are still on the case, meaning these nimrods could eventually serve some jail time for their hollow plastic haul.

Updated: Reader Evan makes a good point. These empty phones could very well be "drug mules" for border crossings. Here's hoping we're just dealing with some dumb thugs. [Huffington Post - Thanks, Scotland]

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My store's "dummy" phones are always getting stolen.

I'm not sure why folks want 'em unless it's to pretend for others or something, and that's just sad.

They're a good source of tiny screws, and once in a while SMD switch or USB connector is soldered to a dummy circuit board.

Some components like that can be removed and used, but seriously, just ask and we can give you a pile of old ones.

Don't go bustin' up the place, please.

Someone just vacuumed.