Reward offered for info in violent armed robbery, fraud case

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 7:24 AM

PHOENIX – Police need your help to find a trio of suspects – two men and a woman – who robbed a man at knifepoint as he was leaving his apartment early one morning. If you have good information, there’s a reward on the table.

It happened at about 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, at a complex in the area of 23rd and Dunlap avenues.

According to Sgt. Darren Burch of Silent Witness, the two male suspects were waiting outside and forced the victim back into his apartment. Once inside, one man held the victim down while the other stole various electronic items, as well as his bank debit card.

The victim, a 23-year-old man, was not injured, but the suspects forced him to give them his PIN number.

"This was a home invasion armed robbery that turned into a fraudulent use of a credit card," Burch explained.

Just minutes after the robbery, a woman used the stolen debit card at a 7-Eleven store and an ATM at a BMO Harris Bank, both in area of 27th Avenue and Beardsley Road. That's about 10 minutes from the victim's home.

"We believe this female suspect was part of this robbery," Burch said. "She wasn't seen during the initial robbery, but she used the victim's credit card ... at two separate places."

Surveillance cameras at the store and the bank caught her on video.

"We hope that somebody will look at the video of the female as she's doing the debit-card transaction and recognize her and call Silent Witness," Burch said.

The woman is described as a white female with a medium build. In the surveillance video, she was wearing a pink long-sleeve shirt and large sunglasses, and she had some kind of pink fabric covering her hair.

The videos are clear.

"If you know this person, you'll recognize her," Burch said.

Police do not have as good a description of either male suspect, saying only that they are white men, each about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build.

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 cash for information leading to an arrest or indictment in this armed robbery and fraud case.

"We really do need to figure out who these people are and get them off the street," Burch said.

If you have any information, please contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377) or toll-free at 1-800-343-TIPS (8477).

You can also leave an anonymous tip on the Silent Witness website at SilentWitness.org, or text “silent” and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

You must contact Silent Witness prior to arrest or indictment to be eligible for any reward.

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