A stolen cell phone recently landed an armed-robbery suspect in jail after the alleged thief engaged in texts with police.
Richmond Hill Police Detective Doug Sahlberg said that Corey Hamlet is accused of robbing a man who was sitting in his vehicle on Osprey Drive around 8:15 p.m. Jan. 22.
Hamlet reportedly pointed a gun at the 21-year-olds driver’s head and searched him for cash and marijuana, according to Sahlberg. When the suspect found neither, he snatched the man’s phone and fled.
Shortly after the robbery, a friend of the victim texted the stolen phone, and the suspect responded to his text. The friend notified authorities and Detective Keith Welch and watch commander First Sgt. Andrew Watts used text messages to set up a meeting with Hamlet at the Ashton Place apartments on Harris Trail.
When authorities spotted Hamlet in the apartment complex, a chase ensued. Patrol officer Tiffany Christian blocked the fleeing suspect when he tried to cross Harris Trail. Hamlet tried to run back toward the apartment complex but was arrested by Welch.
The weapon used in the robbery was recovered the next day in some shrubbery at the apartment complex, according to Sahlberg. It turned out to be pellet gun that resembled a hand gun.
Hamlet has been charged with armed robbery and obstruction.