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Man finds robbers trying to sell phone they stole from him at gunpoint in Cleveland

September 25, 2018

Man finds robbers trying to sell phone they stole from him at gunpoint in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Wadsworth man caught two teens trying to sell his cellphone to a mobile phone store minutes after they stole it from him at gunpoint in the city’s Hough neighborhood.

Investigators are still trying to identify the teens involved in the Sunday robbery on East 84th Street near Decker Avenue, police said. No arrests have been made in the case.

Minutes after the robbery, the 31-year-old man caught the teens trying to sell the cellphone at Tone’s Wireless on Superior Avenue near East 79th Street, according to a police report. They ran from the store before the man or a store employee could call police.

The teens robbed the man about 12:45 p.m. as he was looking at houses he could buy, police reports say.

One of the teens was holding a handgun when they ran up to him and demanded his Apple iPhone and passcode. The other teen rifled through the man’s pockets and took his debit card, police reports say.

The man started to turn away, and the teen holding the gun fired a single shot near his left ear, police reports say. The man then ran away on Superior Avenue.

He ran into a store and asked to use a phone, but the employee directed him to Tone’s Wireless. The man found the two teens trying to sell his stolen iPhone when he arrived there, police reports say.

He shouted “that’s my phone, I just got robbed,” and a Tone’s Wireless employee asked him to prove it. The man had his name on a sticker on the back of the phone, police reports say.

The two teens ran from the store before the employee gave the phone back to the man, who called 911.

Cleveland police officers searched the area but did not find the teens.

The man called his bank to cancel his debit card. He learned someone used it t make $25 in purchases at a Shell gas station in Cleveland, police reports say.

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