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Galt and area stores targeted in cellphone heists

Officials press for new tools to fight smartphone thieves

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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:00 am

With a gun pointed at his chest, Juan Ayala quickly stuffed the bag with cash and cellphones. As he grabbed the phones one by one from the storage room shelves in the back of a Galt AT&T store, the gunman became increasingly anxious.

Three minutes of terror elapsed before Ayala and the thief heard a customer walk in. Frantically, the gunman, dressed like a construction worker, stepped out of the storage room and said, “Someone will be with you soon.”

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