Robbery Investigation Leads to Recovery of Stolen Phones

An investigation led police to a search warrant for a cell phone store in the 0-100 block of West 79th Street, where they recovered 21 stolen phones

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    An investigation into the theft of two cell phones from a 19-year-old man at a South Side Chicago Transit Authority station led police to a nearby store with nearly two dozen stolen phones.

    James Barnes, 40, allegedly robbed a teen of two cell phones around 11:20 a.m. Thursday at the 87th Street Red Line station, police said. The victim flagged down officers after the incident and Barnes was arrested.

    An investigation led police to a search warrant for a cell phone store in the 0-100 block of West 79th Street, where they recovered 21 stolen phones.

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    Barnes was charged with one felony count of aggravated robbery and one felony count of violation of sex offender registration.

    A second suspect, Michael Donaldson, 34, was charged with one misdemeanor count of resisting a peace officer and one misdemeanor count of theft amount to less $500.

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    Police did not name the store where the phones were recovered.