Law and Order Lake County
February 15, 2013 2:56PM
Updated: February 15, 2013 11:39PM
Charges filed in armed robbery of store
Two Chicago men have been charged with armed robbery and five counts of criminal confinement in a Jan. 28 holdup of a cellular phone store in Schererville.
Marcus Sharod Harris, 19, and Daniel T. Wright, 27, are charged in the robbery of the T-Mobile Store, 1150 U.S. 41.
Witnesses told police two men came into the store wearing ski masks or facial coverings. One of the men had a small snub-nosed revolver and the other man carried duffel bags. After forcing four of the employees and a customer to the floor, the men loaded the duffel bag with cell phones, then ordered the manager to open the safe and stole money from it.
They also took the employees’ cell phones and a phone belonging to a customer into the safe before leaving through the back door.
Surveillance cameras caught the incident on tape.
On Feb. 6, Schererville police received a phone call from a LaPorte police detective who said they had three men in custody in an attempted robbery of an AT&T store in their city. Police examined booking photos of the men and identified Harris, whose hood fell off to expose his entire head, during the T-Mobile store holdup. Wright appeared to be the man with the duffel bag based on his build, the probable cause affidavit states.
Both Harris and Wright admitted their involvement in the Schererville case. Harris told police he was supplied with a handgun by two men who would contact Wright when they wanted a cell phone store to be robbed. The suspects would scout out a location before Harris and Wright carried out the robbery. Harris told police he was paid $1,000 for the Schererville robbery and admitted that he and Wright robbed a Sprint store in Addison, Ill. Wright said he was paid $4,000 for his role in the Schererville robbery, court records state.
Teen charged with
An East Chicago teen has been charged in Lake Superior Court with robbery.
Devonte Marquis Dodd, 17, of the 400 block of East Chicago Avenue, was charged in a Feb. 1 robbery of another 17-year-old who told police Dodd pulled a gun, put it to his head and demanded his “beats” headphones valued at $350. Dodd also took earphones from the victim’s pocket. The robbery occurred after the victim was walking home from the bus stop.
A witness told police his brother purchased headphones from Dodd for $150. The victim and his uncle went to the boy’s home and discovered him with the headphones around his neck, which the victim identified as his.
The most serious of the charges is punishable by six to 20 years.