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Man who helped steal more than 75 cell phones sentenced

December 19, 2019 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man who was a lookout when another man hog-tied a clerk at a Sprint store and then stole more than 75 cell phones has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

Xavier Lopez, 26, was sentenced Thursday for robbery. During his plea, he admitted that he was a lookout on April 25 while Camarin McPherson, 26, brandished a firearm and tied up the clerk with zip ties at a Sprint store in Wichita.

The men then took 54 Apple iPhones and 24 Samsung Galaxy phones, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release. The phones were valued at more than $60,000.

The suspects were arrested after a police chase ended in a wreck.

McPherson was sentenced in November to about 13.5 years in federal prison.