Two Men Charged in Pattern  of Borough Cell-Phone Store Robberies

Two Men Charged in Pattern of Borough Cell-Phone Store Robberies

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This T Mobile store on Jamaica Avenue was one of three establishments the suspects allegedly robbed on Nov. 28.

By Forum Staff
Two Brooklyn men have been charged with stealing more than $3,000 worth of iPhones from three Queens mobile phone stores in Jackson Heights, Woodhaven and Elmhurst in less than four hours last week.
The incidents are believed to be part of a pattern totaling fifteen incidents at fourteen locations across Queens County. An investigation is presently ongoing.
District Attorney Brown said, “Many people waited in long lines or signed up in advance to purchase the pricey new Apple products, but the defendants in this case allegedly took the old fashioned illegal route by brazenly walking into stores and grabbing merchandise that was within reach. The defendants now face the prospect of going to prison for their desire to acquire the latest electronic devices.”
The defendants, Joshua Ellerbe, 28, of Delmar Loop, and Devine Ingram, 22, of Farragut Road, both of Brooklyn were arraigned on Wednesday, November 29, before Queens Criminal Court Judge Bruna Dibiase on a criminal complaint charging them with the crimes of third-degree burglary, third-, fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny.
In addition, Ellerbe was charged in a separate criminal complaint with first-degree attempted burglary, first- and second-degree attempted robbery, third-degree burglary, third-degree attempted grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal mischief and attempted petit larceny. Ingram was charged in a separate criminal complaint with fourth-degree grand larceny and fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property. Bail was set for each defendant at $100,000 bond/$50,000 cash. They will go back to court on December 12. If convicted, the two men face up to seven years in prison.
Charges say Ellerbe, who was wearing a brown hat, and two other men – one of whom was wearing a red hat – walked into a mobile phone store at 37- 50 74th Street around 2:00 p.m. on November 28, 2017. Two of the men jumped over the counter, one of them reached behind the display case and removed a $1,400 iPhone X,then fled.
At about 3:00 p.m. the same day, Ellerbe and two other men entered a mobile phone store on Queens Boulevard, and stole an iPhone 8 Plus cell phone worth approximately $930 before fleeing in a white Nissan. In a third incident that same day, the same three men entered a mobile phone store on Jamaica Avenue at around 4:15 p.m. Ellerbe, wearing a brown UPS hat, and another man, who wearing a red UPS hat, stole an $800 cell phone before fleeing. Around 7:30 p.m. that night, police saw the white Nissan from the robberies parked on Farragut Road in Brooklyn. Ingram reach into the backseat, where a brown UPS jacket and hat were later observed. Ingram admitted to driving the Nissan that day and to participating in the three burglaries.
He was also arraigned on a second criminal complaint, charging that he burglarized a cell phone store on Jamaica Avenue around 8:00 p.m. on October 29. In that incident a male entered the store, inquired abut a cell phone and then left. Shortly after, the man re-entered the store and continued to inquire about a cell phone, at which point Ingram came in, and started a conversation with the store employee. As Ingram began to leave the store he held the front door open with his foot, and the other man grabbed two cell phones – worth more than $1,000, and fled the store. Ellerbe was also arraigned on charges of entering the same cell phone store on November 16, 2017 and asking about a phone, leaving and then coming back in with two men one of whom tried to break a glass showcase by swinging a weighted bag while another attempted to open the showcase’s sliding door from the rear and kicking the glass several times.
Ellerbe was also observed attempting to open the showcase by reaching across the counter and attempting to open the showcase’s sliding door from the rear.


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