Four men who Thurmont police say robbed a Verizon store at gunpoint Wednesday evening were arrested by Pennsylvania State Police after local authorities relayed their movements using a tracking device.
The robbery occurred at the store on Frederick Road shortly before 7:50 p.m. when a woman entered the store and then quickly left, followed shortly by three men who entered the store and threatened an employee with a gun, according to a Thurmont police press release issued Thursday.
After ordering the employee to the floor, the men filled two suitcases with merchandise and fled, the release states. The employee then called 911 and described the robbers and the vehicle they had left in.
Although police believe the woman who entered the store before the robbery was involved, she was not one of the people arrested in the case, said Lt. Allen Droneburg, Thurmont deputy police chief.
“The female was clearly an accomplice, but she was not with the males when they were arrested,” Droneburg wrote in an email. “This is based on [a] previous method of operation of this group.”
A Frederick County sheriff’s deputy saw the vehicle head north on U.S. 15 “at a high rate of speed,” and Pennsylvania State Police were notified that the suspects were headed toward the state line, the release states. A GPS tracking device that was taken along with the other stolen items allowed Thurmont police and the sheriff’s office to relay the vehicle’s movements to Pennsylvania State Police.
The sheriff’s deputy initiated a brief pursuit of the suspect vehicle, Droneburg confirmed, but the chase was terminated due to the high speed and the fact that the tracking device was providing police with GPS data on the suspects’ whereabouts, he said.
The vehicle was found abandoned in Upper Allen Township in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and four people were taken into custody after a search of the area, according to the release. All four were awaiting extradition hearings in Pennsylvania to return them to Maryland, where Thurmont police have filed warrants charging them with two counts each of armed robbery and robbery, as well as one count each of theft from $1,500 and $25,000 and second-degree assault.
The men charged in Pennsylvania were identified in the release as Andri A. Delacruzcruz, 20, of New York, Angel Nestor Collazo, 20, of the Bronx, New York, Noah Pablo Zayas, 38, of the Bronx and Luis J. Filpo, 20, of Manhattan.