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Wheaton

Man charged in connection with armed robbery at Wheaton cell phone store

WHEATON - A Calumet City man was arrested Nov. 11, three days after allegedly robbing a Wheaton cell phone story at gunpoint.

Denzel D. Furance, 20, of the 1900 block of Wison Ave., Calumet City, was arrested in Lansing and charged with one count of armed robbery with a firearm and three counts of aggravated unlawful restraint, according to a Wheaton Police Department news release.

At about 8 p.m. Nov. 8, Wheaton police responded to the Sprint store, 212 Danada Square West, for a reported armed robbery. An individual wearing a mask and displaying a handgun reportedly forced store employees into a room, restrained them and then took more than $40,000 worth of merchandise before fleeing the scene, according to the release.

During the next 72 hours, Wheaton detectives investigated the robbery, which resulted in Furance’s arrest.

"To identify, locate and arrest a violent masked offender so swiftly after this alleged incident speaks volumes to the hard work and dedication to all involved, especially our detectives," Wheaton Police Deputy Chief P.J. Youker said in the release.

Furance was transported to the DuPage County Jail, where he is being held without bond. He is expected to appear Nov. 12 at the DuPage County Courthouse for a hearing.

If anyone has any additional information regarding this incident or Furance, contact Det. Lieutenant Bill Cooley at 630-260-2077.

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