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2 Chicagoans charged in cellphone store robbery

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Two Chicago men are accused of participating in a spate of cellphone-store robberies.

The FBI on Monday identified the suspects as 39-year-old Eric Rogers of Hazel Crest, and 29-year-old Eric Curtis of Park Forest. Each faces one count of Hobbs Act Robbery for their alleged roles in the robbery of a Norridge AT&T store.

The agency says that one robbery alone netted around 100 phones and tablet computers. The loss was valued at more than $50,000.

But authorities also suspect the men of participating in similar robberies in the Chicago area, including by recruiting participants.

Rogers and Curtis are being held pending a hearing later in the week. If convicted, they each face a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

Court documents released Monday didn't include names of defense attorneys.

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