Serial cell phone robber caught in Tempe

Posted at 1:03 PM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 16:03:03-04

A man already on probation for cell phone theft is arrested in relation to nine more cell phone store robberies.

Court records show that from March 4 to May 20, the 26-year-old man, robbed nine cell phones stores in Tempe, Mesa Chandler and Phoenix, getting 13 phones worth nearly $7,000.

Police report Styron Dale Grimmett, who was already on probation for cell phone theft, would ask to look at the phones, then run out of the store. He usually had an accomplice waiting for him, with a car running.

Grimmett, police allege, would sell the phones quickly either at a pawn shops or on-line, usually within days or even hours of the robberies.

He apparently liked Cricket stores hitting them five times, followed by two robberies of Metro PCS and single robberies at AT&T and Radio Shack.

Grimmett was already on probation for stealing two cell phones right out of employees hands at a Cricket store in Tempe on March 7.

He is now facing nine counts of organized retail theft.