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Baltimore man charged with taking more than $10K in cellphones from stores

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch
Ricky Brown

A Baltimore man is accused of  stealing multiple cellphones worth more than $10,000 from two different Sprint stores in York County, according to charging documents.

Two other men from Baltimore are also charged in one of the incidents.

Ricky Cleaton Brown, 27, is charged with two felony counts of robbery and a felony count of theft by unlawful taking in the first incident, which occurred Feb. 22 at the Sprint retail store in York City.

He also is charged with two felony counts of retail theft after another incident March 10 at the Sprint store in Springettsbury Township.

Brown posted a total of $40,000 bail in both incidents, online documents state. He faces a March 24 preliminary hearing before District Judge Barry L. Bloss Jr. in the March 10 incident and an April 9 hearing before District Judge James H. Morgan in the Feb. 22 case, according to online court records.

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On Tuesday, Springettsbury Township Police arrested three suspects, including Brown,  in connection with a theft at the Sprint store in the 2000 block of East Market Street in the township.  

Police said the men entered the store and cut seven phones from the display and removed them, the complaint states.

Police said the phones were valued at more than $5,000. The group left in a black Nissan Altima and were stopped by police a short time later in Shrewsbury Township.  

Steven Redfearn Jr.

The driver of the vehicle, Steven Redfearn Jr., 24, of Baltimore, was charged with a misdemeanor count of DUI and a summary count of driving without a license. He also is facing two felony counts of retail theft at the Sprint store, according to court documents.

Darius Smith, 25, of Baltimore, is charged with two felony counts of retail theft as well. Redfearn posted $17,500 bail, and Smith both posted $7,500 bail. 

According to a criminal complaint from the Feb. 22 incident, York City Police responded to the Sprint store in the 700 block of Loucks Road after receiving a report of a robbery committed by two men.

An employee told police Brown and the other man, who has not been identified, entered the store and split up. 

Darius Smith

The employee said Brown and the other man cut multiple phones from the store’s displays, the complaint said.

Two other store employees attempted to lock the doors to stop Brown and the other man from fleeing. After retrieving several phones, the two men attempted to escape through the doors by pushing employees out of the way.

One of the men told the employees, “What are you doing? I’ve got a gun.”

The value of the stolen cellphones was about $5,295, police said.

Police said surveillance from Sprint and the nearby El Rodeo restaurant showed the suspects enter and leave in a black Nissan, the complaint said.

— Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8.