Nearly $50,000 of phones, watches stolen in armed AT&T store heist

The AT&T store at 801 E. William Cannon #200 robbed on Nov. 29, 2017 (KXAN Photo)
The AT&T store at 801 E. William Cannon #200 robbed on Nov. 29, 2017 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are searching for the man who barged into an Austin AT&T Store with a gun Tuesday and demanded employees give him the phones.

Officers were called to the store at 801 E. William Cannon #200 — just west of Interstate 35 — around 10:30 a.m. with word it had just been robbed.

According to the affidavit for his arrest, Jeff Allan Johnson, pointed a gun at a woman and demanded he be taken to the back of the store where the phones are kept. He now faces up to 99 years in prison.

“I’m not here to hurt anyone, just give me the phones,” he demanded.

Police say he grabbed about 60 phones, a mix of iPhones and Samsung phones and four Apple Watches, worth about $49,000, stuffed them in a bag and left the store.

One of the people in the store followed the suspect where she saw him get into a car and made note of the license plate.

Police checked the license plate and learned it belonged to Johnson, and found news articles where a man with the same name was arrested for similar phone store robberies last month in North Texas. A quick check of his record showed offices he was arrested on an aggravated robbery charge by Seagoville, Texas police.

When found, Johnson will be charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

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