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Police have made an arrest in the Dec. 17 armed robbery of the Cricket Wireless store on Business Park Drive in Waldorf.
Brandon Antwon Leach, 26, of Waldorf has been charged with 12 counts, including armed robbery, assault, reckless endangerment, using a gun to commit a violent crime and theft for allegedly hopping the store’s sales counter and robbing two employees at gunpoint, according to charging papers.
Officers went to the store at 7:45 p.m., after one of the clerks called 911 to report the robbery.
The clerk told investigators that he was sitting in a chair behind the sales counter, looking down at his cellphone, when a man walked into the store and quickly made for the counter, the papers state.
The man leapt over the counter, pulled a black semiautomatic handgun from his pocket and yelled, “where’s the money, where’s the Galaxy S3 [cellphones]!”
The man handed the employees a garbage bag and shouted at them to quickly fill it with the cellphones and cash while waving his gun around, court records state.
The employees did as ordered, and the robber repeatedly told them to not look at his face.
The thief also grabbed a cellphone that belonged to one of the clerks and ran out of the store with it and the bag, the documents state.
One of the employees ran to the back of the store and saw a dark-colored vehicle driving away and making a right onto Business Park Drive, court papers state.
In total, four Galaxy S3 cellphones, valued at $500 each, and $3,500 in cash was stolen from the store, the records state.
The store’s surveillance video confirmed the clerks’ accounts. Security footage from a neighboring business at the time of the robbery showed a black Dodge Avenger circling the store several times before pulling up to the business, at which point a man got out of the passenger seat and went into Cricket Wireless, the documents state.
Three days after the robbery, a detective received a call from an employee at a Cricket Wireless store in District Heights regarding a customer who was trying to activate one of the phones that had been reported stolen at the Waldorf store, the papers state.
The detective went to the District Heights store and confirmed the phone had been one of the stolen four. The customer, who works at a car dealership in Forestville, said he had been given the phone by Leach, a frequent visitor at the dealership, the records state.
The customer said Leach came to the dealership Dec. 18 with three brand new Galaxy S3s still in the boxes, according to the documents.
The detective also spoke to the dealership’s owner, who provided the location of two of the other stolen phones — one was in his desk and recovered by the detective, and the other was given to one of the dealership’s customers and couldn’t be found at the time, charging papers state.
The dealership’s owner also said that Leach had been driving a brand-new, black 2013 Dodge four-door car, but he could not remember the model, the records state.
The detective searched a police database for Leach and found photos from a previous arrest in which Leach matched the description of the robber given by the Cricket Wireless employees. Motor vehicle records also showed that Leach had a 2013 Dodge Avenger registered in his name, according to court documents.
Police records had Leach living about a half-mile from the Cricket Wireless store in Waldorf.
A warrant was issued for Leach’s arrest Dec. 21, and he was located Dec. 26. He is being held in Charles County jail on $200,000 bail.