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Suspects caught in cell store robbery

Loaded firearm found in getaway van

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Jun 20, 2013.

Armed robbers held up an Ozone Park cell phone store on Friday and cops say they arrested the suspects only a short time later after they fled.

Police responded to a report of a robbery at the T-Mobile store at 97-05 Rockaway Blvd. at around 7:30 p.m.

According to the NYPD, three suspects entered the location with their faces covered and ordered three people inside — two customers and a store employee — at gunpoint into a back room where a second employee was already located.The suspects allegedly ordered the employees to open the safe where they removed a cash register tray containing cash. They also allegedly took cell phones from the store and personal property from the victims.

All four victims were locked in the room and the suspects fled in a silver minivan, with out-of-state license plates. A fourth suspect was inside the van.

Two officers later spotted the minivan at 79th Street and Linden Boulevard in Lindenwood. They pulled the vehicle over and four suspects — Reon Adams, 22, and Kyle Balkisson, 18, and Akeem Honroe, 15, all of Brooklyn, and Tevin Griffin, 21, of Springfield Gardens — were arrested after the allegedly stolen items were found in the van, as well as a loaded handgun.

All four suspects were charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

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