DeKALB – Police say they are fairly certain that the three men arrested after an armed robbery attempt at a T-Mobile store Wednesday afternoon are the only ones who went in to hold up the store.
However, DeKalb Deput Police Chief John Petragallo on Thursday said it was likely the alleged robbers had help from another person.
"I’m confident that through the investigation we’ll find someone else," Petragallo said. "These three that were charged got there somehow, whether there’s a vehicle that they parked somewhere a distance away or they got a rid ethat’s something that we have to look into."
Charged with armed robbery in connection with the incident are K’ron D. Price, 26, of Country Club Hills;
Paul Grissom, 22, of Chicago, and Tyren L. Windell, 26, of Chicago.
Although some witnesses said there could have been more than three people running from police, Petragallo said Thursday that police were fairly sure they had caught everyone who went inside the store. The officer who saw people fleeing only counted three and no one else has been found, Petragallo said.
According to a news release from DeKalb Police, an officer responding to a call of an armed robbery at the store at 2587 Sycamore Road saw three men going out the back door of the store who took off running when they saw police. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Two of the men were caught after a short chase, while the third was on the run for about 40 minutes before he was arrested near Kishwaukee Hospital, police said.
T-Mobile employees told police that three men entered the store armed with handguns, according to a news release. They ordered a store employee to place phones and other merchandise from the store into trash bags, and also stole cash from the store before fleeing.
The DeKalb Police Department recovered the bags filled with the stolen phones/merchandise, two loaded handguns and money believed to be stolen from the store.
Although the three men arrested are not from the area, it's possible they have some local connection, DeKalb Deputy Police Chief John Petragallo said.
Police are still investigating how the three arrived at the store and how they planned to escape – it's possible there was a getaway driver involved, he said.
Some nearby shops and buildings, including Kishwaukee Hospital and the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, closed their doors for more than an hour during the search, which encompassed areas near Sycamore Road in DeKalb, including the Greenwood Acres neighborhood.
Petragallo said there had been no conclusions reached about whether the robbery was related to a spate of recent cellphone store holdups.
On Monday, a three-man team robbed an AT&T store in Batavia. Witnesses there told police that two men entered the store, displayed a handgun and took cash, cellphones and other electronic devices after tying up employees and customers, leaving with a getaway driver.
Police in Aurora also have released surveillance footage of an Aug. 14 armed robbery at an AT&T store there, where three armed men stole about $33,000 worth of merchandise.
No arrests have been made in connection with the Batavia and Aurora robberies, and investigators from those departments had expressed interest in the DeKalb case, Petragallo said.