Bag robber busted; foot officers deployed in Canton

The man robbing people of their cell phones with a pistol hidden inside of a white grocery bag has been arrested, said Major William Davis at the Southeastern District Police Community Relations Council meeting on Monday night.

The suspect, according to police, had committed robberies in Canton, Highlandtown and Butchers Hill.

“He’s in jail right now,” said the major. “We’ve got him for about six robberies. He’s confessed to five.”

Davis cautioned citizens who own iPhones to be aware that they are a “hot item” in city robberies.

“They are stealing iPhones in this city like crazy,” he said.

Davis said that citizens should not talk on their iPhones or have them out while walking or standing around in the city. He also recommended that all iPhone owners download the “Find My iPhone” app, as it frequently helps police locate stolen iPhones.

Also at the meeting, the major reported that the Southeastern District has added two foot officers to patrol Canton from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. in response to the recent burglary spike of 17 incidents in 28 days. He said that the police had made three arrests so far, and that the foot officers would remain in Canton “until the problem goes away or until we catch the suspects.”

by Erik Zygmont

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