Bandits Hit Cell Phone Stores in Morris Park and Norwood

Bandits Hit Cell Phone Stores in Morris Park, Norwood
by David Greene

Two men are in police custody and investigators continue to hunt for at least five others after two recent and unrelated thefts of cell phone stores in Morris Park and Norwood.

In the latest incident, categorized as a grand larceny by the NYPD, that took place at the MetroPCS store on Saturday, April 8, police say the 16 year-old suspect and an accomplice entered the shop at 1050 Morris Park Avenue at 7:20 p.m. and grabbed two I-phones from the display case and fled.

Police interview the manager of a MetroPCS store where 2 I-phones were stolen and one was recovered.--Photo by David Greene

Police interview the manager of a MetroPCS store where 2 I-phones were stolen and one was recovered.–Photo by David Greene

Residents say the store’s unidentified manager and a customer pursued the thieves sparking a wild foot chase, including the suspects running along the tops of parked cars up and down Hone Avenue. One vehicle belonging to a worker from Patricia’s restaurant suffered serious damage.

Police arrested one man and search for four others along East 204 Street and Webster Avenue.--Photo by Toby Norwood

Police arrested one man and search for four others along East 204 Street and Webster Avenue.–Photo by Toby Norwood

The manager and customer captured one of the suspects with one of the phones and held him until police arrived.

Police later charged Shamare Reid, 16, of 692 Allerton Avenue with grand larceny and harassment.

Police are still looking for the brazen gunmen who stormed the T-Mobile store at 370 East Gun Hill Road in Norwood at just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, and attempted to steal $23,000 worth of cell phones.

Police thwarted a stick-up at this T-Mobile store on East Gun Hill Road.--Photo by David Greene

Police thwarted a stick-up at this T-Mobile store on East Gun Hill Road.–Photo by David Greene

The stores manager stated five armed bandits were interrupted by police, as the bandits dropped the phones on the street and fled in their getaway vehicle down Webster Avenue, where the suspects abandon their vehicle and fled into French Charlie Park on East 204 Street.

Police arrested one man and search for four others along East 204 Street and Webster Avenue.--Photo by Toby Norwood

Police arrested one man and search for four others along East 204 Street and Webster Avenue.–Photo by Toby Norwood

Police say Dennis Green, 33, of Covington, GA, was captured a short distance from the abandon vehicle, a loaded .40 caliber Beretta was also recovered. Green was charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

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