Three Chicago men were arrested Thursday and charged with stealing 90 cellphones, computers and monitors from a Des Plaines Radio Shack, a total of almost $31,000, police said.
The men -- Antonie N. Adams, 38, and Ronaldo C. Crawford, 33, both of the 8700 block of South Bishop Street, and Tommie L. Parker, 23, of the 7200 block of South Wood Street -- were arrested on Chicago's South Side at 2:30 p.m., less than two hours after police were called to the Radio Shack, 1587, S. Lee St., police said.
"We were able to track them once they had left the store through one of the devices they had taken," said Des Plaines Police Detective Sgt. Randy Akin. "Some had locaters on them."
The three have been charged with armed robbery, a felony that carries a prison term of six to 30 years with no possibility of probation.
According to police, Parker and Adams entered the store at 12:40 p.m. Thursday brandishing handguns and they forced two employees into the rear storage area and began loading cellphones, computer and monitors into bags. They locked the two employees in the bathroom and fled. The employees opened the door and called police.
Akin said police tracked the men down on Chicago's South Side on the 8600 block of South Chicago Avenue. The stolen merchandise consisted of 90 items worth almost $31,000 and police also recovered an "Airsoft" replica gun, Akin said.
The trio all gave "full admissions" to their involvement in Thursday's incident, police said. They also are suspected in seven similar armed robberies in Niles, Elgin, the Lombard area, and Chicago dating back to March and charges are pending, Akin said.
They are due in bond call Sunday morning and are due in court on July 9.