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An Orange Radio Shack held up by robbers seeking smart phones. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

An Orange Radio Shack held up by robbers seeking smart phones. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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Police have arrested three people in a string of smart phone robberies at electronics stores. Officers are still looking for a fourth suspect.

Lorraine Outlaw (Courtesy New Haven Police)

Lorraine Outlaw (Courtesy New Haven Police)

About $300-thousand worth of phones were taken from shops around the state, including in Orange, Hamden, New Haven, Trumbull, East Haven, Wallingford, Clinton, and New Britain.

New Haven Detective Sergeant Robert Lawlor says the phones were being re-sold on the street.

The suspects came in hooded up and masked up, so you couldn’t really their faces,” Lawlor said.  “They came in either right before closing time, or right after opening, which was kind of a unique thing.”

Forenzo Rakeem Murphy (Courtesy New Haven Police)

Forenzo Rakeem Murphy (Courtesy New Haven Police)

In custody are 20-year-old Lorraine Outlaw of Bridgeport, 21-year-old Forenza Murphy of Bridgeport, and 22-year-old Michael Carbonell of New Haven.

Police are still looking for 22-year-old Demetrius Wilkes.

All face charges including robbery and larceny.

One of the robbers wore a distinctive sweatshirt, which was made by a relative.

Michael Carbonell (Courtesy New Haven Police)

Michael Carbonell (Courtesy New Haven Police)

The item of clothing helped investigators find the suspects, when they found it later, during a search.

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