BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — We reported several months ago on a violent robbery at a Boca Raton T-Mobile store where store employees were pepper sprayed and locked in a back room.
Boca Police just announced that suspects have been apprehended.
On Sunday, December 2, 2012, four armed gunmen robbed the T-Mobile store located at 2301 West Glades Road. The gunmen handcuffed and pepper sprayed the two store employees and a customer. They then locked them in a rear storage area and fled with cash and cell phones. The victim’s were treated and released from Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Store surveillance showed vivid images of the four suspects who participated in the robbery. Boca Raton detectives also obtained surveillance video from the BP Gas station located across the street. The BP video showed a male running from the T-Mobile shortly before the robbery. The male crossed Glades Road and got into the passenger side of a red Toyota, which was in the BP parking lot. Detectives were able to obtain the tag number attached to the Toyota. The male who was seen crossing Glades Road was also seen on the T-Mobile video, loitering inside the store a minute or so before the robbery.
After releasing information and photographs of the robbery and suspects to the media, (original release) detectives received information that one of the suspects was Travas Byrd. Through tips from Crime Stoppers and the help of detectives with BSO’s Robbery Unit, Boca Raton detectives identified the other three suspects and the person acting as a look-out.
Detectives tracked down the Toyota and spoke with the owner. The owner told detectives the morning of the robbery he got a phone call from his friend, Georges Richardson, who said he was stranded at a gas station in Boca and needed a ride. The owner said he picked up Richardson from the BP and dropped him at his house. The owner identified Richardson from the T-Mobile surveillance video.
On December 12, 2012 Byrd was arrested for an unrelated warrant in Broward County. Detectives spoke with Byrd and he made a full confession of the T-Mobile robbery and implicated Allen Eugene as the mastermind behind the crime. Byrd was in possession of a cell phone which had been taken from the T-Mobile during the robbery.
On January 3, 2013 BSO arrested another suspect, Allen Eugene, on an unrelated robbery warrant. Detectives spoke with Eugene and he admitted to his participation in the robbery and told detectives he had pepper sprayed the victims. Eugene refused to provide the names of any cohorts.
On May 3, 2013 detectives were notified by BSO detectives that a third suspect, Clinton Johnson, was arrested for violating his probation. Johnson’s probation officer and his sister identified him from the images from the T-Mobile surveillance video. When detectives spoke with Johnson he requested a lawyer. Johnson made several phone calls from the detention center and in those calls implicated himself in the robbery.
On Friday, May 17 a warrant was issued for Richardson and on Saturday he was arrested by deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives have charged Byrd, Eugene, and Johnson with robbery with a firearm and kidnapping. Richardson is charged as a principal in the first degree of armed robbery and kidnapping. The investigation is on-going and further charges may be forthcoming.
If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Scott Hanley at (561) 338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
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