2 men arrested in robbery of U.S. Cellular in Columbia

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 9:57 a.m. CST; updated 4:02 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 23, 2014

COLUMBIA — Two men have been arrested in connection with a Monday robbery at a U.S. Cellular store.

Detectives from the Columbia Police Department and the Jefferson City Police Department arrested Jamaar L. Curtis, 31, of Hazelwood and Antonio L. Banks, 22, of Jefferson City on charges of first-degree robbery, felonious restraint and armed criminal action, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Two men entered the U.S. Cellular store on Grindstone Parkway on Monday. One pointed a gun at a male victim and ordered him to go to the back room. The two men stole cellphones and money from the store, as well as the victim's cellphone, wallet and cash, according to the release.

On Tuesday, a man tried to sell 20 U.S. Cellular phones to a business in Jefferson City. According to the release, the phones were verified as stolen from U.S. Cellular. Curtis and Banks returned to the business the next day to collect the money and were taken into custody.

Curtis and Banks were being held in the Boone County Jail on Thursday afternoon with bond set at $300,000 cash each.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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