Suspect steals phones, cash while wielding scissors after credit cards declined

Posted at 6:35 PM, Sep 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-13 20:35:42-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah – Police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed a store while wielding scissors after several credit cards he presented were declined at the point of purchase.

Lt. Gregg Carlson of the South Salt Lake Police Department said the incident occurred at a Cricket Wireless store located at 279 E. 3300 South around 4 p.m. Saturday.

The man tried to use several different credit cards to purchase a phone, but each of the cards were declined and the store employees were not able to access information regarding the man’s credit. Carlson said the man then pulled out some scissors and threatened store employees while demanding phones and cash.

The man fled with eight phones and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a black male in his mid-20s who has a thin build and is clean-shaven. The man was last seen wearing a white shirt and jeans and carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or the suspect is asked to contact police at 801-840-4000.