CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI)-- A spike in cell phone robberies has police searching for solutions and one local chief is reaching out to cell phone companies for help. Cell phones are everywhere and for most it`s a link to keeping you safe, but in some cases it can make you a magnet for crime.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says cell phone robberies have gone up in the last year. Including two St. Louis store robberies in the last three weeks. Fitch says the crimes are escalating and penalties should be stiffer for criminals. The phones are valued at $100 to $600 each and resold in foreign countries making them more attractive to thieves.
"Thirty-seven percent of all of the robberies we`re called on involved the robbery of a cell phone. Two nights a go a young lady in Jennings was getting off of the bus and some individuals approached her and held her up for her cell phone," said Fitch.
Chief Fitch is planning to meet with cell phone companies and carriers next week to discuss how they can make stolen phones harder to sell.