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The sale of a stolen cellphone to an electronic kiosk at the St. Charles Towne Center mall has led to three Waldorf men being charged in connection with a Jan. 31 burglary in White Plains.
Derrick Anthony Coleman, 32; Delontae Devon Cole, 19; and Shawn Anthony Ransome, 28, have been charged with first- and fourth-degree burglary and five counts of theft of less than $1,000 for allegedly breaking into a home in the 10400 block of Sextant Place.
One resident told officers he was sleeping in a downstairs bedroom when he was awakened by three male voices around 10:20 a.m. He said he sat up in bed to find three men rummaging through his belongings, according to charging papers.
The three men ran away, one of them dropping the items they were going to steal from the resident’s room, the papers state.
The other five residents came home and discovered that several items, with a total estimated value of $1,839, had been stolen, including a Bulova watch, a North Face jacket, Air Jordan sneakers, two cellphones, a digital camera, an Apple iPod, a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader, three Xbox 360 video games, prescription medication and $500 cash, court records state.
One of the residents later told investigators that their front door had been left unlocked during the burglary, the documents state.
One of the residents was able to use the GPS system on a stolen Apple iPhone to track it to the mall, near the Kids Foot Locker store, where there is an automated kiosk that allows consumers to recycle mobile phones in exchange for cash, court papers state.
Charles County Sheriff’s Office detective Charles T. Gregory contacted the kiosk’s manufacturer, California-based ecoATM, on Feb. 2. An ecoATM employee confirmed that the company had purchased the stolen iPhone on Jan. 31 at the mall kiosk, the papers state.
Those who sell a phone at an ecoATM kiosk must provide a valid thumbprint and photo ID, which then are remotely compared to the seller by using a camera inside the kiosk. A company rep also takes a digital photo of the phone being sold, the photo ID and the seller, the records state.
The ecoATM employee identified Cole as the man who sold the stolen iPhone using the mall kiosk and sent Gregory a transaction report showing that Cole sold the phone for $59 at 11:31 a.m. Jan. 31, about an hour after the burglary occurred, the documents state.
Gregory matched a photo of Cole on file with the Motor Vehicle Administration with the one taken of him at the kiosk, the papers state.
Later on Feb. 2, Gregory got a tip that Coleman and Ransome were involved in a “home invasion,” on Jan. 31, the records state.
Officers arrested Cole on Feb. 6, and he was ordered held on $5,000 bail two days later, according to online court records. He confessed to his involvement in the break-in, admitting to Gregory that he had helped Coleman and Ransome commit the burglary and that all three had received some of the items that were stolen, charging papers state.
Coleman was arrested Feb. 8 and ordered held on $20,000 bail Monday, and Ransome was ordered held on $25,000 bond Thursday morning, according to online court records.
Ransome and Coleman were indicted Dec. 7 for committing a Nov. 2 robbery, according to online court records.