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Dozens of iPhones, iPads stolen in N. Charleston T-Mobile heist, kidnapping

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North Charleston Police are investigating an elaborate burglary and kidnapping Tuesday night that ended with thieves stealing thousands of dollars worth of cell phones and other devices.{ } (FILE/WCIV)

(Update 11:00 p.m.): Authorities said Sheik Johnson, 26, and Kain Jackson, 25, both of Summerville, have been arrested in connection to this crime.

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North Charleston Police are investigating an elaborate burglary and kidnapping Tuesday night that ended with thieves stealing thousands of dollars worth of cell phones and other devices.

According to North Charleston Police, the heist occurred at the T-Mobile wireless communications store along the 7600 block of Rivers Avenue shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The manager of the store called police shortly before 11 p.m. after the burglary occurred, saying two men dressed in all black kidnapped him at gunpoint outside his home.

The store manager, Michael S. Silvestro, told police the two men drove him back to the T-Mobile store and forced him to let them in.

The suspects reportedly threatened Silvestro, saying they had been watching the store for two days, and they knew he had the keys and the passcode to get inside, so he "better not play any games."

Outside the store, the two men put on masks and rubber gloves, then forced Silvestro to let them in, according to police.

The suspects proceeded to steal approximately 50 iPhones, 8 Apple Watches, 15 iPads and $1,500 cash from the store, leaving the manager there as they drove away, police said.

Silvestro told police one of the phones was equipped with a tracker, which investigators say they traced to a location in Summerville, but Summerville Police couldn't find the stolen items or the suspects.

Police say there are two African American male suspects, who were recorded by surveillance cameras. One of the men was about 5-foot-7 with possibly orange hair.

Police have not yet provided full descriptions or images of the suspects.

The store manager was unharmed in the incident.