Two men sentenced for 2011 cellphone store robbery in Elmwood Park

After four years in jail awaiting trial, two Chicago men received their sentence this month in connection with armed robbery of a cellphone store in Elmwood Park.

Frankie Montes, 31, and Angel Ruiz, 28, both of Chicago, have been in jail since 2011 because they could not make bail after being arrested by police in connection with the armed robbery of a cell phone store in the fall of that year.

According to police, the two entered a Cricket store, which was located on 2800 block of Harlem Avenue, locked the door, told those in the store to get on the ground and took 54 cellphones.

They were arrested in Chicago after running a stoplight and later turned over to Elmwood Park police.

Montes, who was charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated unlawful restraint, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on July 28. Angel Ruiz, who was charged with armed robbery and two counts of aggravated unlawful restraint, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on July 25.

Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano said he’s proud of the work the investigators did to stay on top of the case.

“I think they did an outstanding job,” he said. “They followed the case. Sometimes it can be a long drawn out process.”

Fagiano said the time the spent in jail prior to the sentencing would probably be time considered served.

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