DALLAS - Dallas police and the FBI are seeking the public's help to catch suspects in a pair of business robberies.
The first robbery occurred just before noon on July 2 at a T-Mobile store in the 2600 block of Fort Worth Ave. Security camera footage from the crime showed two masked men armed with guns enter the store.
Investigators said one suspect tied up a female at the counter while the other forced a second employee into the back of the store before stealing a haul of cellphones estimated at a total value of $40,000.
Detectives believe the same two men were behind another robbery that took place at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday at a wholesale business in the 11000 block of Harry Hines Blvd.
In this incident, the two armed men approached the owner and his son as they left the business at closing time. Police said one of the suspects fired a shot into the ground before getting away with $400,000 worth of property.
Investigators say in both cases, the criminals were able to hinder the victims from being able to alert authorities.
"We're seeing a trend where they're taking away the employees ability to call 911," said Maj. Jeff Cotner, Dallas Police Department. "
The suspects are described as Hispanic males in the 20s.
In both cases, the suspects have used stolen vehicles to get to the businesses. After the crimes, they abandon the vehicles and get inside a light-colored, late-model Lincoln Navigator.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrests and indictment of the suspects.