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T-Mobile employee caught two men on a cell phone theft spree: Prosecutors

  • Jason Drones-Akins and Chauncey Riley (Chicago Police Department)
Jason Drones-Akins and Chauncey Riley (Chicago Police Department)
September 06, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Two Chicago men were arrested Wednesday afternoon after a T-Mobile store employee recognized them as the robbers of other local T-Mobile outlets, county prosecutors said.

With Chauncey Dupree Riley, 25, of Elmwood Park, allegedly acting as look-out, Jason Drones-Akins, 29, used a special device to deactivate and unlock cell phones on display in at least three T-Mobile stores around the city Wednesday, according to the police report.

A T-Mobile employee whose job is to prevent theft found security footage of the two men in the store and sent photos of them to employees around Chicagoland, the report said, after phones were reported missing from a store at 2911 W. Addison St. and 1639 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Just after 2 p.m. that afternoon, an employee at the 606 W. Roosevelt Road location recognized Drones-Akins, of the 7600 block of South Damen Avenue, who was browsing the store, and called the police, the report said.

The men fled the store but were both caught by police officers shortly after they were spotted, according to court records. When he was being transported to the Roosevelt Road store to be identified, Drones-Akins allegedly told police officers, "The camera will show I was there, but I did not steal anything."

Drones-Akins and Riley were both brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Friday afternoon. Drones Akins was released on a 20,000 I-bond, and Riley was transferred because he had an outstanding warrant from another felony arrest.

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