Tuesday, August 04, 2015

(GUN)MEN AT WORK: Uptown Phone Store Robbery May Be Tied To "Construction Crew"

Investigators believe that at least one member of a crew that robs cell phone stores while wearing construction outfits struck in our area Monday afternoon.

Police say a man entered the store, located in the 4400 block of Broadway, at high noon and produced a black handgun. A female worker fled out the back door and called 911.

Video cameras in the area captured images of the man fleeing into a nearby alley with several phones. There, he changed into a construction vest and hard hat before continuing northbound.

He is described as a black man in his 20’s or 30’s, a little over 6-feet tall, with a very short haircut.

Previously, the "construction crew" wore vests, helmets, and painter-type breathing masks during the actual robberies:
• A pair of men dressed as construction workers robbed a T-Mobile store at Damen and Irving Park road on May 31. 
• On June 6, a similarly-dressed duo held up another T-Mobile store in the 1900 block of Harlem, on the border of Chicago and Elmwood Park.
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  1. I was walking on that block around that time and saw two cops walking over to the east side of Broadway. There's two phone stores on that block-which one was robbed?

  2. All of the things that these smart phones allow us to do, and yet these cellular companies can't shut down stolen re sale market! even new phones stolen from their own stores. paleeese.

    1. I agree. If people didn't have their phone stolen then they wouldn't have to buy new ones. It's all about the money....and who cares if someone gets shot or pushed down the stairs in the commission of one of these cell phone robberies..... Disgusting. I don't believe for one minute that they can't create/install some sort of software that turns stolen phones into worthless bricks.

  3. A block away from the office of Alderman Cappleman (the "social worker").