SAN FRANCISCO—Officers from the San Francisco Police Department have arrested a suspect connected to a string of armed robberies at cell phone stores throughout the city. According to a press release from the SFPD, on February 18, at approximately 4:30 p.m., McKay entered a cell phone store on the 3000 block of 24th Street. McKay was wearing a beanie, wig and sunglasses in an apparent effort to hide his identity.
He brandished a handgun, stole cash, and high end cellphones. Before leaving the store, he secluded the employees in a storeroom. Members of the San Francisco Police Department’s Robbery Detail commenced an investigation.
On March 25, at approximately 6:37 p.m. a second robbery of a cellphone retailer transpired on the 2300 block of 16th Street. The details of the second robbery were similar to the February 18 incident. Investigators started to track the incidents as a possible robbery series. Over the next two months, the suspect committed several other robberies in San Francisco and Daly City.
Thomas McKay, 57, of San Francisco was taken into custody on June 12 at approximately 5:27 p.m. on the 1800 block of 25th Street.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office filed charges against McKay, which included seven counts of robbery, four counts of a felon in possession of a firearm, and seven counts of kidnapping. Due to pending ID matters, McKay’s booking photo is not being released as of present.
The SFPD is still investigating the case and anyone with details on any of the incidents is asked to contact the SF Police at (415) 575-4444 or Text-a-Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.