A smartphone store was robbed in the Washington area Saturday night, in what was at least the fourth such robbery this month. In this case, which occurred in Fairfax County, an arrest was made after a short car chase and a crash, the county police said.
They said a second person fled the scene of the crash and stole a car from a woman. The vehicle was still missing the police said Sunday.
According to the county police, matters began around 10 p.m. when employees of a Verizon store on Little River Turnpike were forced into a back room by two robbers.
The robbers took several dozen cell phones and left, the police said.
Three robberies of smartphone stores in the District have occurred this month; with quantities of the phones taken each time.
No arrests have been reported in any of them.
However, Saturday night, Fairfax County police said officers spotted the robbers who were trying to flee the robbery scene in a car.
A pursuit went only for only a coujple of minutes, the police said, before the car they were following collided with another car. The driver of that car was not injured. The car that the police had followed ended up in a creek bed.
Police said they arrested Darrius Berry of Washington. They said he was charged with robbery, hit-and-run, and driving without insurance and driving without a license.
After the car crash, one man ran from the scene, police said. They said they think he was the one who ran to a nearby shopping center and took a car from a woman who was leaving work. That car, they said had not been found as of Sunday afternoon.
The site of the Saturday night store robbery is near the intersection of Little River Turnpike and the Shirley Highway in the Lincolnia area of Fairfax, a short distance outside the city of Alexandria.