BALTIMORE, Md. - So far a 15-, 16- and 17-year-old have been linked to about 20 cell phone robberies and two carjackings.
Baltimore Police say the suspects were cruising for people who had their cell phones out, some victims were even jogging at the time.
It was a pretty impressive rash of robberies that sparked Baltimore Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke to call a special meeting with community leaders and police in the northern district.
"We were given a map that showed how pinpointed this ring of cell thieves has been in the North Baltimore area," Clarke said.
The councilwoman says that Northern District police explained to the group they had already arrested three for this rash of robberies which according to their map revealed a northbound trend.
"Remington, Hampden, Roland Park all the way up to Roland Park toward Northern Parkway," Clarke said.
"They seemed to imply that there is a link there, they didn't specifically make that connection. They left that for us to make," said Hampden resident Benn Ray.
Ray, who also runs the Mobtown Shank blog attended the meeting.
He says the northbound trend of the robberies prompted some in the audience to ask about ecoATM machines; kiosks that spit out cash on the spot to recycle your cell phones.
There is one of these machines in Towson Town Mall and Ray says the police in the meeting were well aware of it.
"That's when the suggestion was made by police well simply look at the direction which the pattern and the perpetrators are moving and the implication there is that they are moving toward those kiosk machines," Ray said.
Baltimore Police say their investigation into these cell phone robberies is still on going and will not confirm whether or not the suspects were cashing them in at the kiosks in Towson, but those quick cash for phones machines are already an issue with law enforcement and city law makers.
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