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Phillip Phillips

Crooks Smash In

Pawn Shop, Steal Guns

6/12/2012 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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More bad news for "American Idol" champ Phillip Phillips -- his family's Georgia pawn shop was burglarized last night after someone used a backhoe to smash open the back door.

Sources connected to the investigation tell us ... the bad guy (or guys) took more than $4,000 worth of merchandise ... including hand guns, flat screen TVs, antique coins, necklaces, rings and the ENTIRE CASH REGISTER.

We're told the register only had $110 inside at the time.

Law enforcement believes the power and phone lines to the store were cut before the burglary and the backhoe (a piece of heavy machinery used in construction) was hotwired and stolen from a nearby job site.

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We're told roughly 25 cop cars responded to the scene to hunt for the perps -- but so far, no arrests have been made.

Phillip and his parents were not in Georgia during the heist -- the family is in California helping Phillip recover from a recent kidney surgery.

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1.

Christy    

Thanks for explaining "backhoe"....I thought it was a reference to Kim Kardashian.

801 days ago
2.

Bud    

Boy! Dem fellers are purdy slick

801 days ago
3.

Dan Del Aguaro    

I know English is a 2nd language to californians. But wow, horrible spelling there TMZ. Who does your editing
they family is in California helping Phillip recover from a recent kidney surgery.

801 days ago
4.

Hervey....Hervey of Arabia...He was a single guy...    

Phillip Phillips? That has to be the dumbest name ever.

801 days ago
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anon.    

I'm sure the thieves are thankful to TMZ for reporting Phillip's every move, including the information that his family was in another state providing emotional support for his surgery.

801 days ago
6.

She's baaaack    

I don't even know who this guy is and I'm already tired of him.

801 days ago
7.

NameGirlLA    

Love how you had to explain to us city folk what a backhoe is....a piece of heavy machinery used in construction. Actually helpful. You guys are pros. (Oh, just read the first comment...now I get it...)

801 days ago
8.

TMZDBT24    

That sucks.

801 days ago
9.

Tammy    

When it's widely known that your family is out of town AND owns a pawn shop, these things will happen.

801 days ago
10.

Ally    

What about the turkey? Is the turkey safe and sound, or did the criminals take that too?

801 days ago
11.

sidithers    

I though all Geogians sold beaver pelts to make a living!

801 days ago
12.

croc    

time to empty the store, and leave!

801 days ago
13.

bjay    

I get it. Philly Phil saw his shadow and now we have to hear of his every move for the next 6 weeks.

801 days ago
14.

itssoeasy    

I hope they catch the s***s that did this.

801 days ago
15.

Regina    

Jesus, didn't someone see in that backwater town someone driving a backhoe and smashing into a building. How could someone NOT notice that.

801 days ago
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