Madison HeightsJune 11, 2014
Trio of gunmen rob Radio Shack in Madison Heights
By Andy Kozlowski
C & G Staff Writer
MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Police Department is now involved in a multi-jurisdictional investigation looking for three men who have been hitting up Radio Shack stores and stealing iPhones at gunpoint.
Radio Shack locations were also targeted in Sterling Heights and Roseville over the last few months, leading police to think it’s an organized effort. The same three men might’ve hit each location. They wear nylon face coverings the entire time and brandish semiautomatic pistols to get what they want.
The most recent incident, at press time, was at the Radio Shack at 200 W. 12 Mile in Madison Heights, which was robbed around noon on June 2. The three suspects are described as follows:
• Suspect No. 1 is a dark-skinned black man in his 20s with a thin build, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, and about 110 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark pants, in addition to the nylon face covering.
• Suspect No. 2 is a dark-skinned black man in his mid-20s, with a medium build, about 5 feet and 10-11 inches tall, and about 160-170 pounds. He was also wearing a black hoodie and dark pants, in addition to the nylon face covering.
• Suspect No. 3 is a dark-skinned black man in his late 20s to early 30s, with a heavy build at about 6 feet tall. He, too, had a black hoodie and dark pants, along with nylon over his face.
“We consider all three of them to be armed and dangerous,” said Madison Heights Police Lt. Robert Anderson.
The three men walked into the Radio Shack while no one else was in the store except for the clerk, a 29-year-old woman. She was allegedly ordered into the backroom and told to fill up two duffle bags and a backpack with iPhones. She was locked in the backroom by the suspects.
“She said the suspects were very demanding and loud, yelling at her to fill the bags faster and faster,” Anderson said. “There were numerous phones stolen, and the contents of the cash register drawer, as well.”
Police say a witness saw the suspects exit the store and head east on 12 Mile and then south on John R. They were last seen in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the southwest corner of Katherine and John R, two blocks south of 12 Mile.
“What we seem to be seeing more of are these takeover robberies and retail frauds by organized groups, or what we refer to as gangs,” Anderson said. “Definitely in the last three years, we’ve seen an increase in those kinds of crimes.”
Anderson said that if you ever find yourself in the midst of an armed robbery, don’t try to be a hero.
“Just cooperate and be a good witness,” Anderson said. “But don’t try to interfere.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Madison Heights Police Department at (248) 585-2100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 SPEAK UP.