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Police release images of trio they say stole $4,000 of iPhones in Anne Arundel

Josh White

Three men used a distraction strategy and stole seven Apple iPhones from a Radio Shack store at the Annapolis Mall earlier this month. Now police are asking for the public’s help in finding them.

The men entered the store on May 9 and spent several minutes browsing the store before a man wearing a white t-shirtdistracted an employee, according to Anne Arundel County Police.

The suspects. (Anne Arundel County Police)

The other two suspects then went to the rear of the store and stole the phones, valued at more than $4,000, police said.

Police released surveillance camera images of the three men.

Anyone with information about the crime or the suspects is asked to call Detective Mark Shawkey of the Southern District Detective Unit at 410-222-1650, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. If a tip leads to a felony arrest, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

-- Josh White

By Josh White  |  May 19, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Crime, Seen , Josh White  
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It is interesting that in a diverse metropolitan area made up of many differen't minorities the majority of the crimes are committed by all African Americans in DC, PG & MoCo.

Posted by: skinsfan15 | May 19, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

While I try not to generalize too often you made an excellent observation. I'm pretty sure it isn't a coincidence.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | May 19, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

What's almost as shocking as the crimes themselves is the level of stupidity of the criminals. Whether it be finger prints and use of stolen credit cards in the Betts murder or failure to know that security cameras exist in places like malls (this story) or apartment buildings (the mugging that happened yesterday) these criminals are about as dumb as they come.

Posted by: nomayo | May 19, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

So that's like what, 3 iPhones?

Posted by: futbolclif | May 19, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

So that's like what, 3 iPhones?

Posted by: futbolclif | May 19, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I try not to generalize either but when i see the same group in the news and tv committing crimes day in and day out its hard not to. I also don't want to hear the sob story that its because of the environment created by poverty etc etc. They are many struggling asian americans, indian americans, and so on who work hard and take advantage of the opportunities everyone is giving in this country and dont turn to crime.

Posted by: skinsfan15 | May 19, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

skinsfan15 what an ignorant statement... I wonder how long it took you to think of that. But back to the point I truly believe that those young men are lacking something... They need help

Posted by: pusha-d | May 19, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse


ok I took one educated guess of what who the individuals are from using my eyes and looking at the picture instead of trying to constantly being pc.

Posted by: skinsfan15 | May 19, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

So it's ignorant to state what i see in front of me?

Posted by: skinsfan15 | May 19, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

There is no need to generalize when you have all of the specifics that you need. Three individuals are accused of stealing IPhones. None of us should be so blind as to not recognize that we are biased by what we are shown. Many people have groups that they choose to demonize. I doubt that America will ever escape the notion that being African American makes you more prone to engaging in negative behavior because it is either consciously or unconsciously perpetuated everyday. Take a look at this Anderson Cooper/Soledad O'Brien video on race perceptions of children and you'll see how pervasive these beliefs are...

Posted by: RegularReader2 | May 19, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Skinsfan, you don't know what you are seeing...your statement is based on an easy assumption. However correct it may or may not be, the possibility that you are incorrect should be enough to give you pause before you comment. We hear enough stories about people blaming African Americans for crimes they did not commit. For instance, the more recent report from a police officer that he was shot by an African American assailant. Turns out he shot himself.

You are not ignorant for stating what you think you see, your ignorance is based in the absence of facts and the willingness to make declarations based on that incomplete information.

Posted by: RegularReader2 | May 19, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

To the two dummies invloved...What is the point of acknowledging their race? What's that got to do with anything? So, are you saying you wanna lock up all the black folk??

Posted by: 4thFloor | May 19, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Just making an observation, get all worked up about it all u want

Posted by: skinsfan15 | May 19, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Why would you assume I am worked up? I am just making an observation about what you observed. Just two presumptively intelligent people having an exchange.

Posted by: RegularReader2 | May 19, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

In an area as diverse as DC, it seems like the vast majority of petty and violent crime is committed by blacks, and most of the white collar crime committed by whites (with some exceptions, of course).

Posted by: kenk3 | May 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Bigdaddy651... tell that to the lacrosse player.

Posted by: skipfrmdc | May 19, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

now you're generalizing, i am of asian descent by the way so iam not sure where the klan thing comes in.

Posted by: skinsfan15 | May 19, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Skinsfan15 has a point. You don't see Asian's or Hispanics stealing from Radio Shack. They get off their dead rear ends and get jobs or start their own businesses. Would it be too much to ask young black males to do the same thing?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | May 19, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

skinsfan15 what an ignorant statement... I wonder how long it took you to think of that. But back to the point I truly believe that those young men are lacking something... They need help

Posted by: pusha-d | May 19, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse **********************************************************************************************************************************Dear Sir or Ma'am as the case may be;

The young men do NOT need help. They need to be prosecuted. The young men are predators and have stolen from a local merchant.

For what it is worth, I am offended by your post.

Posted by: | May 19, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

there's no generalization here. Even if you are of Asian descent, if you have been in this U. S. for any length of time, you understand the KLAN reference, if not, place KU and KLUX in front of it, and google it.
You knuckleheads come on here everyday with all these stereotypical/racist comments, and wonder why the African American bloggers here get upset.
Sooner or later you will understand that you can't pile everyone in one box, and leave the mass murdering, child molesting,
white collar crime committing European Americans out of the conversation.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | May 19, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

No, I don't see Asians and Hispanics stealing from Radio Shack, but they do steal and rape and murder just the same as Whites and African Americans.
It would be nice to reverse the order of economics in this country, and have African Americans feel a since of entitlement, when it comes to employment, land ownership and the like. At that point it would be great to see how Whites would exists without the Socio/Economic way of life being in their favor. It's easy to talk when you have the since of entitlement that Whites have always had in this country.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | May 19, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I dont know why balcks want to be called african americans,most of the blacks I know cant stand africans. So what the deal with the so called african americans, have they been to the mother land lately or what? I'm from the Islands south of Florida, where skin colors does not make a difference. Wake up and smell the coffee...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | May 19, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Seven iPhones valued at over $4000 is the real crime here.

Good luck guys, I hope you make some money selling them.

You guys are like current day Robin Hoods!

Posted by: nydc2003 | May 19, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"majority of the crimes are committed by all African Americans in DC, PG & MoCo."

It's simple math combined with social-repression, really.

I'd say more than that but I don't want to bring statistics to bear and lose you entirely in an intelligent discussion.

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 19, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

...every conviction for every act of petty-theft and violent crime could be of an African-american male.

That still wouldn't mean that blacks are the only criminals out there. You can focus on color and babble on the Internet about blacks all you want, I guarantee there's a white man out there somewhere raping, robbing and killing a white woman. Might even be a little white kid.

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 19, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

besides one other little obvious thing here.

If 3 black kids can just walk into a RS store, go into the back and take 4 iPhones? Again: I guarantee you that across the country at least 4 iPhones are stolen from Radio Shack stores by whites every day.

Hell as far as you know they've been sold to white kids already.

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 19, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

It's actually kind of funny hearing people talk like that when just the other day a girl finally broke down and admitted that she wasn't actually kidnapped at knife point by a black man. She just said that because she had been lying about going to college for 2 years, and didn't want to have to admit the truth to her parents when they came to "graduation".

And that just goes along with the numerous women who claim to have been raped by black men, robbed by black men, etc. Black men are definitely "The Boogeyman" for whites :)

Unfortunately they are just as convenient as they are a problem. You've got a whole society of whites out there making a living supposedly "protecting" people from Blacks. LOL maybe we should all get jobs as security-officers, military members, legislators, police-officers, prosecutors and judges. Then the world would be a safe place, right? :)

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 19, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

..bottom line is that life will go on, crime will still go on, people will still get away with it, and whites will still blame blacks for their problems. Doesn't matter if 5 iPhones get stolen this month or 50.

Meanwhile the economy is in the toilet and the nation sinks farther and farther into debt every day and with all the SS, Medicare and other payments, I don't see too many people saying that if blacks would just stop stealing stuff the country would be just fine economically. I hear them talking about "banks too big to fail" and Wall Street brokers that are just too greedy and "government bureaucrats and lawmakers that waste too much money".

But that isn't "stealing", right?

No, if you legally and contractually agree to do business with them, if you vote them into office, and *then* they rob you blind, that's all perfectly legal, right? Odds are that the bank-manager, the stockbroker and the legislature that has picked your pockets clean and indeed those of your children and grandchildren, odds are that he isn't an African American male. Just a guess.

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 19, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

@ skinsfan15, and I quote, "It is interesting that in a diverse metropolitan area made up of many differen't minorities the majority of the crimes (theft , embrezzlement, fraud) are committed by all White Men".
Some of the biggest thefts of the 20th Century were commited by white men, Savings & Loans scandals of the 1980s, Stocks fraud(Enron, MCI, Tyco, HealthcareSouth) 2000s, Investor fraud(Madoff and Milkien). And those crimes DESTOYED thousands of lives.

You may only see dark faces on the TV, however there are FAR BIGGER crimes going on and just because it doesnt make the news doesnt mean it doesnt exist. Should I hold onto my wallet every time I see a white man in a suit coming towards me?

My point is, evil and greed are NOT COLORBLIND. Dark skin doesnt make anyone a criminal no more than white shkin makes someone a theft.

Posted by: Rush63 | May 19, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Some demographics ballyhoo about store clerks or managers hawk over them when they come into a store in packs. Folks, the writing is on the wall. Let's just cut with the PC crap.

Posted by: jabreal00 | May 19, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: drfields | May 19, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

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