Armed Robberies At Uptown, Lakeview Cellphone Stores

Detectives are investigating the armed robberies of two cellphone stores on Friday, one in Southeast Lakeview and the other in Uptown. No one is in custody.

A man in his early 30’s walked into the Metro PCS store at 2811 North Broadway around 5:25 p.m. and demanded merchandise while displaying the handle of a gun in his waistband, a witness said.

The offender is described as black, about 30-years-old, 6-feet tall, with a small mustache and chin beard. He was last seen heading southbound on Broadway wearing a blue track jacket with red and white arms; dark jeans; and a black knit cap.

Earlier, around 2:15 p.m. three men entered the Sprint store at 4436 North Broadway and threatened the staff with pepper spray while taking merchandise.

The offenders, who fled eastbound on Sunnyside from Broadway, are described as:

1) Male, black, 6-feet tall, wearing a beanie hat, gray hoodie and light-colored pants.
2) Male, black, 5’10” tall, wearing a beanie with a red logo and a heavy black coat
3) Male, black, 5’7” tall, wearing  a puffy coat and jeans.

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