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Police nab 2 accused of tying up 4 in store robbery

December 15, 2018

Two Illinois men were arrested after they allegedly tied up four people at a T-Mobile store, robbed one of the victims and stole from a safe.

According to court documents, the men entered the cellphone store in the 7600 block of Southtown Crossing before 8 p.m. Thursday and tied up two employees and two other people at gunpoint, using plastic zip ties on their wrists.

One of the suspects, Gary McCaleb, 28, of Harvey, Illinois, ordered all four victims to a back room at the store. McCaleb, along with Quran Waterford, 34, of Bloomington, Illinois, and an unidentified man, ordered one of the employees to open the safe.

The employee told the men the safe was on a 10-minute timer, so they waited 10 minutes for the timer to expire. Then the robbers emptied a store trash can, took the garbage bag out and started putting items from the safe into the bag, according to court documents.

In all, they took 155 items worth more than $58,000, court documents said.

They also stole a purse from a female victim, not identified as an employee, and stole about $500 in cash and credit cards.

As police arrived, they noticed four people slip out a door on the south side of the store but did not identify who they were.

The victims, who had been tied up for about 25 minutes, had called police, court documents said.

Police dispatchers told officers that one of the items taken from the store safe was a GPS tracking device.

Because of the device, police were able to track the getaway car with three people inside to a Chevy Trailblazer with an altered license plate.

Officers caught up with the vehicle at Lafayette and Wallace streets and chased it to Calhoun Street, where the SUV spun out and pulled into the parking lot of the Oyster Bar.

Waterford emerged from under a pile of items in the rear of the vehicle and attempted to flee but was caught.

McCaleb fled on foot. Officers caught up with him near Clinton and Williams streets after passers-by pulled over and told the officers they’d just seen someone jump over a privacy fence.

Officers found McCaleb lying on the ground with 14 clear plastic bags containing marijuana by his side, according to court documents.

The documents did not indicate whether the third suspect was caught.

McCaleb is being held in lieu of $63,250 bail. He was charged with two counts of armed robbery, four counts of criminal confinement and resisting law enforcement, and two misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

Waterford, also being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $60,750 bail, was charged with two counts of armed robbery, four counts of criminal confinement and one misdemeanor charge for resisting law enforcement.

Both men have court hearings scheduled for Wednesday.

jduffy@jg.net

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