FBI offers reward in wireless store robberies

The images show the man wearing a hoody and sunglasses to disguise his identity, and when he entered a Cricket wireless store on Reisterstown Road, he caught Tony Sohn off guard.
 
"I couldn't think of anything.  He was just here.  He walked in like a customer.  He was acting like a customer or whatever and he walked up there and was like, 'Open up the register,'" said Sohn.
 
Supervisory Special Agent Patrick S. Dugan with the FBI's Baltimore office says it's a scene, which has repeated itself 15 times in recent weeks.
 
"We've got incidents that have taken place so far in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County and Harford County," Dugan said. "Historically speaking, what we see a propensity for violence will increase as a series of robberies goes on."
 
It was that threat of violence that prompted Tony Sohn to quickly comply with the robber's demands for cash and a high-priced Samsung Galaxy S-4 phone worth about $600.
 
"He was just here.  I don't know if he has a weapon or not.  I couldn't really tell either and then I was kind of afraid, and I think he was pretty afraid too, because he was all shaky when he was taking all the money," said Sohn.
 
Ironically, the same man had robbed the same store three weeks earlier, and he's hit another wireless store in Northeast Baltimore twice within a three-day period.
 
The FBI is now upping the ante to stop this crime spree.
 
"We're reaching out to the public right now for information that leads to the arrest of this individual,” said Dugan, “The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is offering up to $5,000 in reward money for anyone that can call in and successfully identify this person and help us get him off the street."
 
The FBI says the suspect has implied he had a handgun in each of the robberies, and in one case, he brandished a knife.
 
You recognize the man or have any information that could crack this case, you're asked to call agents at 410-265-8080, and they say you can remain anonymous.
 
List of robberies committed:

            5/12     Cricket, 5417 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore

            5/17     Cricket, 5525 Harford Road, Baltimore

            5/21     Boost Mobile, 1722 Rolling Road, Baltimore County

            5/22     GO Wireless, 5510 Harford Road, Baltimore

            5/24     Metro PCS, 5503 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore County

            5/25     Cricket, 10203 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore County

            5/28     Metro PCS, 1558 Havenwood Road, Baltimore

            5/28     Sprint/Nextel, 7694 Belair Road, Baltimore County

            5/29     GO Wireless, 5110 Harford Road, Baltimore

            5/30     Boost Mobile, 322 Hospital Drive, Anne Arundel County

            5/31     GO Wireless, 5110 Harford Road, Baltimore

            6/1       Radio Shack, 917 Taylor Avenue, Baltimore County

            6/7       Cricket, 5417 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore

            6/10     Cricket, 7351 Assateague Drive, Howard County

            6/13     Cricket, 2446 North Charles Street, Baltimore

 

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