Calgary police believe there’s a network of criminals working to steal cell phones from stores across the city.
Officers with the Calgary Police Service arrested four people in connection to the crimes. They’re working with cell phone stores to look into, what they think, is an organized effort to steal the latest gadgets.
At about noon on Friday, June 8, officers were called about two men and two teenaged boys who walked into a cell phone store on Seton Crescent S.E.
They say a man pulled out a gun and demanded staff open a safe, then the group took cell phones and tablets from the safe and fled in a stolen SUV.
Police tracked down the SUV shortly after and the suspects tried to run away before they were all arrested.
An airsoft gun was also seized.
Emmi Lemi Lado, 18, and Erat Izzo Odongi, 19, both of Calgary, each face one count of robbery with a firearm.
Two 17-year-old youths have also been charged with robbery and breaching court conditions.
Investigators are working closely with cell phone retailers and business owners are encouraged to install clear, high-definition security cameras in their stores to help catch burglars.