COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - One suspect has been arrested and another is on the loose after a robbery at a Sprint Wireless store in Colonial Heights.
Tajh Stephon Rodgers, 29, of Norfolk, was arrested Jan. 11 by Colonial Heights police with help from Norfolk police, Portsmouth police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The robbery occurred Jan. 7 on Temple Avenue at 2:15 p.m.
Police say Rodgers is accused of showing a handgun and ordering two employees to the back of the store.
Rodgers then allegedly opened the back door for a second suspect to come inside.
“The two suspects then began to steal a large number of cell phones, as well as cash from the register,” police said. “While the crime was in progress, a customer entered the store.”
One of the suspects then directed one of the employees to help the customer.
“The customer was assisted by the employee while both suspects and the second store employee remained in the back of the store,” police said. “The customer then left the store unharmed and unaware that a robbery was taking place.”
Both suspects exited through the rear door with the phones and cash. They got into a late model, black, four door Lexus and fled the area.
“There’s other several, high volume businesses in the area that draw lunch crowds, and so this type of robbery at this time is very unusual," Colonial Heights Police Captain William Anspach said.
Following an investigation, detectives were able to execute a search warrant at Rodgers' home in Norfolk where police discovered clothing, phones and a firearm directly related to the robbery.
Rodgers is charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of abduction. He is being held at the Norfolk City Jail without bond.
Detectives are working to identify the second suspect in the robbery.
The second suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s, wearing a long dark coat - possibly a pea coat - and a mask.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Colonial Heights Police Department at 804-520-9300 (option 7) or Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.