Armed robbers tie up cellphone store staff in Sterling Heights

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published January 3, 2020


STERLING HEIGHTS — New Year’s Eve did not give employees at a Sterling Heights cellphone shop reason to celebrate when two robbers reportedly raided the store and tied up the staff.

At around 3 p.m. Dec. 31, 2019, a 911 caller told police about a robbery at the AT&T store at 35744 Van Dyke Ave., located just north of the 15 Mile Road intersection.

Police said two suspects — one carrying a semiautomatic rifle — allegedly entered the store and conducted a robbery. They allegedly tied up and bound store workers in a back room. One employee managed to get free and call 911, police said.

The two suspects allegedly left in a white Pontiac Grand Prix before police could get there, even though authorities reportedly arrived at the scene in minutes. Police said no one was hurt, and no further information was available about what was stolen. Police said they don’t know where the getaway vehicle headed.

Police described one suspect as a black man clothed in black, with a bandana and a trench coat, and wielding the rifle. The second suspect was described as a black woman wearing black clothing and a face mask, police added.

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Mario Bastianelli could not be reached for further comment by press time.

Police are continuing to investigate. Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800.