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2 Illinois men convicted in 2018 cellphone store robbery

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – The Department of Justice announced that two Illinois men have been sentenced after pleading guilty to theft from a cell phone store.

Quran R. Waterford, 36, of Chicago, Illinois and Gary McCaleb, 31, of Harvey, Illinois, were sentenced on Friday before United States District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty, following their pleas guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery under Hobbs Law and two counts of brandishing a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, the acting attorney for the United States, Tina L. Nommay.

Waterford was sentenced to 239 months in prison followed by three years of probation.

McCaleb was sentenced to 245 months in prison followed by three years of probation.

The department said restitution of $8,630 was imposed on the two men.

According to documents filed in the case, on December 5, 2018, Quran Waterford and Gary McCaleb entered B&H Firearms in Fort Wayne while armed with a gun, tied the owner’s hands behind his back and stole more than $8,000 worth of firearms. On December 13, 2018, Waterford, McCaleb and an unknown man walked into the T-Mobile store at 7601 N. Southtown Crossing armed with a gun. There, they restrained two employees and two customers by tying their hands behind their backs. They then fled with numerous cell phones. Waterford and McCaleb were arrested by the Fort Wayne Police Department after a short chase.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Fort Wayne Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacey R. Speith.