Two held for Wicker Park iPhone robbery

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Two men are behind bars in connection with the robbery of a man's iPhone outside a dry cleaning business in the Wicker Park neighborhood Thursday afternoon authorities said.

A judge set bail at $150,000 Saturday for 18-year-old Andre Fulton while setting bail at $100,000 for 19-year-old Toheeb Long, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Long, of the 0-100 block of North Waller Avenue, and Fulton, of the 800 block of North Leclaire Avenue, were each charged with armed robbery and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle for the robbery that occurred Wabansia and Western avenues Thursday afternoon.

Long was also charged with misdemeanor resisting a peace officer and theft police said.

A police spokesman said there’s no indication the robbery is connected to more than a dozen others that have occurred recently in that neighborhood and others surrounding it.

At 5:15 p.m Thursday, a 26-year-old man was texting on his iPhone outside a dry cleaning business when Long and Fulton approached him and demanded the iPhone at gunpoint, police said.  

They asked the victim if it was password-protected and he said no, police said. The robbers then fled with the phone.

Police were able to track the phone by its locator app to the area of Madison Street and Ashland Avenue, a few blocks from the United Center, police said. The officers spotted the suspects in a car that was reported stolen, and tried to pull it over. But it backed up and struck a police car while Fulton, a passenger, jumped out of it and fled. Fulton was taken into custody near Ashland and Washington Boulevard.

 Long headed west in the car on Madison, police said. Long stopped near Madison and Leavitt streets and abandoned the car, police said. He was arrested about a block away, in the 2300 block of West Monroe.

The two are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings on Feb. 9, authorities said.

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