Two Harrison Twp. cell phone store robberies reported in a week

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Deputies are continuing to search for suspects wanted in connection to two cell phone store robberies reported within a week in Harrison Township.

According to deputies, a suspect wearing dark clothing held up a Boost Mobile store in the 4700 block of North Main Street Wednesday night.

On January 23, two male suspects tied up a Cricket Wireless employee at the store on West Siebenthaler Avenue and took cash and all of the cell phones in the store, deputies said.

An employee at the Boost Mobile store told 2 NEWS he was helping a customer when a suspect in dark clothing showed a gun and took cash and a cell phone.

“The phone didn’t work anyways, so you left with nothing,” said Brandi Wagner, another store employee who was not there at the time of the robbery.

Previously, windows in the store have been broken twice, but nothing was taken in either of those incidents, Wagner said.

While she usually sees a deputy patrolling the area, Wagner said, she has still taken precautions.

“At night, I usually lock the inside door and let customers in one by one,” Wagner said.

Investigators do not believe these two recent robberies are connected, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.

The frequency of these crimes remains a nationwide problem, he added.

“This is always going to be a problem until technology allows these phones to be worthless if they do attempt to steal them,” Streck said.

Sheriff Streck encourages stores to have surveillance and alarm systems in place to protect their employees and help bring thieves to justice.

The Boost Mobile employee who was in the store at the time of the robbery told 2 NEWS he was not hurt and is doing OK.

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