Robert Neals/ Cook County Sheriff's office
Updated: July 10, 2014 2:10AM
Chicago and Midlothian police have arrested a man who they say committed armed robberies of T-Mobile stores last month.
Robert Neals, 29, of 6808 S. Clyde Ave., Chicago, is charged with two counts of armed robbery for the June 5 robbery of a store at 14569 Cicero Ave., and another holdup of a store at 43rd Street and Pulaski Road later in June.
Neals allegedly stole about $21,000 in electronics and $1,200 in cash from the Midlothian store after forcing two employees and a customer to the floor of a back room at gunpoint.
The following day, Neals was stopped by Alsip police for speeding, and Alsip police seized several cellphones that were found in his vehicle, according to Midlothian police.
Midlothian had issued an informational flier, warning neighboring departments to be on the lookout for persons with stolen cellphones, but Alsip police did not see it until after they had released Neals, Midlothian police said.
They said the serial numbers on the phones in Neals’ vehicle were later matched to the Midlothian robbery.
Neals was arrested June 12 when he appeared in Cook County Circuit Court on a traffic violation.