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.
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.
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.
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 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.