Man arrested for Elmwood Park armed robbery
Updated: June 18, 2012 8:14AM
A Chicago man was arrested for allegedly holding up an Elmwood Park cell phone store.
Edgar Wallace, 35, of 4209 W. Adams St., was arrested on May 7 and charged with armed robbery for the April 16 robbery of T-Mobile store, 1700 N. Harlem Ave.
Wallace allegedly entered the store, pulled out a gun and demanded money from the store clerk and fled with $3,800.
A similiar crime in Cicero tipped police off to Wallace, Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano said.
When Elmwood Park police made neighboring police departments aware of the crime, they received a call from Cicero police about a man in custody who had allegedly robbed a Boost Mobile store. He matched the Elmwood Park suspect’s description.
Employees from the T-Mobile store in Elmwood Park picked Wallace out of a line-up, and Wallace reportedly signed a confession admitting to the T-Mobile robbery.
Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano said the arrest was the result of good cooperative teamwork between the two police departments.
“Detective Mark Astrella spent two days in Cicero working the case,” Fagiano said. “It worked out well. It’s all about teamwork and working together.”
Fagiano said other communities where similar robberies took place are looking at the case too.
Wallace’s bond was set at $1 million and his court date is May 16.