Citizens help police capture 2 suspects in Radio Shack robbery - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Citizens help police capture 2 suspects in Radio Shack robbery

Posted: Updated:
A surveillance camera captured this image of a robbery at the Radio Shack store in Roseville. A surveillance camera captured this image of a robbery at the Radio Shack store in Roseville.
ROSEVILLE, Mich. (WJBK) -

Surveillance video from inside a Radio Shack in Roseville shows four men prying open the door and heading straight to the back where they entered another door and cracked open a safe, taking over 50 cell phones and tons of cash.

The four men then took off in two vehicles.  Roseville Police caught up with them near Moross in Detroit.  There were two getaway cars and only one police car.  The bad guys had split up, so the officer had to decide which car to pursue.

"Chased it for several blocks and then terminated the pursuit, through residential neighborhoods it wasn't worth it, so he let them go," said Roseville Police Chief James Berlin.

The bad guys weren't off the hook, though.  Residents that observed the chase eventually saw the car parked and the two men trying to get into a house, so they called police.

"It would not have happened without citizen cooperation in this case," Berlin said.  "We're powerless without citizen help, and people need to stand up and be counted.  In this case here, because of just a couple quick phone calls, we were able to catch these two guys."

The group of men that hit the Roseville Radio Shack store are also believed to have been involved in robberies at other Radio Shack locations.

"It's our... belief that they're involved in smash and grabs all over Southeastern Michigan where they're actually targeting cell phone stores and stealing just the high-end, latest cell phones," Berlin explained.

The phrase it's better to be lucky than good could apply to this case.  When the Roseville police officer had to decide which car to go after during the pursuit, the car he chose was the one with all the phones and money inside.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Prosecutor to discuss sex-assault allegations against former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed

    Prosecutor to discuss sex-assault allegations against former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:27:48 GMT
    Evan ReedEvan Reed
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy plans to hold a news conference to announce the results of the warrant review regarding former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed.
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy plans to hold a news conference to announce the results of the warrant review regarding former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed.
  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:15:40 GMT
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices