Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Edgewater: GPS tracker leads cops to cellular store robber

The AT&T store at Clark and Bryn Mawr was robbed on Tuesday morning. | Google
The armed man who robbed an Edgewater AT&T store of several cell phones on Tuesday morning is in custody, thanks to a quick-thinking cashier and speedy cops. Charges are pending

Police said the offender entered the store at 5601 North Clark shortly before 11 a.m. and forced a store employee into the back room at gunpoint. There, the robber placed several new phones into a shopping bag—including one that was outfitted with a GPS tracking device like banks use, according to a source.

Officers followed pings from the GPS device to locate the offender on a CTA bus near the intersection of Foster and Damen Avenues. The suspect fled from the bus and ran into Winnemac Park where cops took him into custody. A firearm was found about 10 feet from where he was caught.
Charges are pending in the case. We will post an update when charges are approved.
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