MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — On Sunday, Jan. 17, around 2:00 p.m., Silver Spring Township Police responded to a report of individuals engaging in a coordinated theft of electronics at a Best Buy location on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg.
After being apprehended in York along I-83, police identified Teron Powell, 18, of Baltimore, Md., Takayla Robinson, 18, of Pasadena, Md., and Malcolm Graham, 18 of Baltimore, Md. In addition to the three adult suspects, three juveniles from Maryland were identified in the Best Buy theft, as well.
“They all walked in together, went right to one spot, all together picked items and tried to flee immediately together,” explains Silver Spring Township Police Chief Christopher Raubenstine.
Emphasis on tried. Police say the thieves were thrown off when bystanders intervened.
According to the Silver Spring police report, “approximately $13,000 worth of laptop and tablet devices were attempted to be stolen, and approximately $6,000 in damages” were caused at the electronic retailer’s Mechanicsburg location.
The theft suspects fled the scene in a white 2017 Toyota Rav4 with South Carolina registration and assaulted several bystanders who were attempting to stop the suspects. Those who attempted to get involved did sustain injuries.
“They kicked and punched in their faces and swung some laptops at them that they had been trying to steal,” Chief Raubenstine said.
The Silver Spring Township PD has reported that, currently, the suspects are not cooperating with law enforcement.
While the police did obtain surveillance footage, Raubenstine asks that anyone with information or cell phone footage of the incident is asked to contact Detective Andrew Bassler by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, at 717-512-8889.
The three suspects being charged as adults are being held on $500,000 bail. Chief Raubenstine says it likely wasn’t their first time doing something like this, and information shared by other nearby agencies confirms that.