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NYC man caught after theft in Whitehall phone store

Published On: Jan 16 2014 04:45:50 PM EST

A 29-year-old New York City man was arrested by Whitehall Township police Wednesday, shortly after participating in the theft of wireless devices from a MacArthur Road cell phone store.

Ronnell Samuels was charged with retail theft and criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft.

The theft occurred in the Verizon Wireless store at 2180 MacArthur Road. Police responded around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday.


After getting a description of the two suspects and finding out which way they went after leaving the store, Officer Jeffrey Apgar spotted Samuels walking away from the area and took him into custody.

Samuels lives in the 1400 block of Prospect Place in NYC.

Police said after Samuels and the other suspect initially entered the store, Samuels began talking with the employees. At the same time, he was giving hand signals to his accomplice.

A witness observed the other male produce a gray bag and apparently begin filling it with wireless devices that were on display.  That individual then left the store without paying for the merchandise, which had a retail value of $2,068.

The witness also saw Samuels exit the store and hide near vehicles in the parking lot.

When caught, Samuels admitted to police that he was acting as a look-out in the store while his accomplice, identified only as a black male, stole items.

After being arraigned Wednesday night, Samuels was released after posting $30,000 bail.