DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Police say two armed suspects connected to a robbery at a T-Mobile store Monday morning have been arrested in Indianapolis.
Shortly before 11 am, two juveniles walked into the T-Mobile store located on Brown Street near the University of Dayton’s campus, and pulled a gun on employees before tying one up using shoelaces.
The suspects stole cash and merchandise before fleeing the scene.
A 911 caller told Regional Dispatch electronic trackers were hidden among the stolen items.
Lt. Jason Hall with the Dayton Police Department told 2 NEWS they were able to identify the suspects relatively quickly.
“Based on some very good detective work, these two suspects were identified and later apprehended at in Indianapolis, Indiana behind another T-Mobile location with the merchandise and the weapon that was used,” he said.
There was a rash of cell phone store robberies last summer, though Lt. Hall says it is too early to tell if this robbery will embolden any copycats.
“We always get concerned,” he said. “We always try to evaluate trends and see where crime is going. We’ll continue to monitor on this end as well.”
In the past, many of the cell phone store thieves have been tied to gangs or larger organizations that sell the stolen electronics.
However, Lt. Hall says it’s too early in the investigation to connect these two suspects with any other robberies.