2 teens arrested after cell phone store robbery

SAN DIEGO — Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of robbing a cell phone store in Rancho San Diego Friday night.

The robbery happened around 6:30 p.m. at the Verizon store in the 2800 block of Jamacha Road, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Upon entering the store, one of the teens pointed a gun at the four employees working in the store, said Sgt. Michael Hettinger.

The teenagers demanded the employees to give them cash from the register and then moved the employees into the back storeroom, said Sgt. Hettinger. One of the teen suspects then forced the employees to give them cash from their wallets and open a safe that contained cell phones. Upon opening the safe, the employees were ordered to put cell phones in bags the suspects provided.

Arriving deputies set up a perimeter around the store. TheĀ  suspects tried to leave out the backdoor when they encountered the deputies stationed at the rear perimeter of the store. The suspects ignored commands to surrender and ran back inside the store with plans to leave through the front door, said Sgt. Hettinger.

The deputies located the front of the store were able to take the two suspects into custody.

The stolen cell phones and gun were recovered inside the store, said Sgt. Hettinger. Deputies were also able to recover a large amount of cash from one of the teenaged suspects.

Deputies determined the suspects were juveniles. One was 16-years-old and the other was 17-years-old, said Sgt. Hettinger.

No employees were injured in the incident.

Deputies were looking for a black Honda that is believed to be related to the robbery.

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