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Indianapolis man sentenced for cell phone store robbery

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Posted at 4:11 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 16:20:22-04

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis man was sentenced Friday for robbing a cell phone store in 2018.

According to a release from U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler's office, Andre Hamilton, 24, received a 10-year sentence after he was found guilty robbing a Boost Mobile store on North Michigan Road on Feb. 9, 2018. Hamilton demanded cash from the register and he fired a gun into the ceiling when the clerk hesitated.

Hamilton fled from the scene in a vehicle before being arrested.

“Robberies — particularly those, like this one, in which the perpetrator discharges a firearm — inject fear into our community,” Minkler said. “Law enforcement must continue to aggressively investigate such cases in order to protect the public. The safety of shoppers, employees, and all citizens is of paramount importance.”

Central Indiana has seen a spate of cell phone store robberies in recent years. In June, 24 people were charged in connection to numerous robberies across the area. The majority of suspects have been young adults 25 years old or younger, with many under the age of 18.