Armed robbers clean out ABQ store of cell phones
March 17, 2018 12:55 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A manager at an AT&T store in northeast Albuquerque says he thought his shift on Tuesday would be his last after two men walked into the store and ordered him to the ground while brandishing a gun.
The incident was all caught on surveillance footage.
Chris Eakin was uninjured in the incident, but said he thought he was going to die, adding that he had a bad feeling right when those two men walked into his store.
"I basically prayed, 'Lord, I'm yours, just take me now,'" he said.
Watch the footage in the above video and it's easy to see why Eakin thought that would be his last prayer after the men walked into the store on Montgomery and Eubank.
"One of the guys had his head down and I was like, 'I'm going to get robbed, I just know it.' And then, yeah, sure enough," he said.
But the two men asked for help.
"They first asked if they could upgrade and I was like, 'Yeah, yeah, what kind of phone do you want?" Eakin said. "Then he pulled out the gun (and pointed it) right at my head."
Then they ordered him to the ground and gave more demands. At gunpoint, he led them to the safe, where he said they forced him to load up bags with phones.
The surveillance footage shows them clearing out the store's entire inventory and leaving with huge bags full of cell phones, but not before the camera got a good shot of their faces. Those pictures have already been shared more than 1,500 times on social media as of Friday night.
Meanwhile, Eakin said he just hopes someone will recognize the thieves and come forward.
"It definitely made me rethink working retail, especially here in Albuquerque," he said. "Albuquerque is a beautiful city and (has) beautiful people, but unfortunately we have a crime problem and unfortunately it's taking a while to fix."
The manager says the store blacklisted all of those stolen phones, meaning they can't be activated. Police, meanwhile, are asking for the public's help; if you see those men caught on camera, call Crimestoppers at (505)843-STOP.
Updated: March 17, 2018 12:55 PM
Created: March 16, 2018 09:32 PM
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