TORRANCE (CBSLA.com)  — Torrance police are on the hunt for a suspect they say stole more than $35,000 worth of electronics from Best Buy stores around LA County.

The suspect’s latest heist was an $800 smartphone from a Best Buy in Torrance, authorities said.

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On March 14 about 8:45 p.m., the suspect — who was with two females — asked a salesperson for help at the store at 3675 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance
police Sgt. Bob Watt said.

The trio eventually left without buying anything, and the salesperson noticed a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — worth about $800 — was missing, he said.

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Watt said the suspect was able to somehow cut and disarm a security cord and also pick the only phone that could be activated. The others were display dummies.

Police described the suspect as a bald Latino in his late 20s with a goatee. The suspect is about 5 feet 10 inches, with a medium build with a fair complexion. He was wearing blue jeans and a blue and white striped polo shirt, police said.

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Anyone with more information as to the name or whereabouts of the suspect was asked to call Detective Eric Applegate at (310) 618-5581.

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