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Man robs mobile phone shops and is sentenced to 28 years in prison

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after he robbed four cellphone stores in two months last year.

According to a press release from the US Department of Justice, Jacobly Whitehead, 27, was sentenced to 336 months in federal prison for robbery and brandishing a firearm during a felony.

On February 10, 2020, Whitehead walked into Cricket Wireless on S. Third Street in Memphis and pointed a gun at employees demanding cash from cash registers. He fled the scene on foot with nearly $1,700.

A week later, Whitehead walked into Metro PCS on S. Third Street where he hit an employee with his gun and demanded money from the cash registers. He fled the scene on foot with nearly $2,000 and another gun he stole from an employee.

Whitehead hit another employee with his gun at Cricket Wireless on March 17, 2020 on S. Third Street, which is the same store he robbed the previous month. Two weeks later, he robbed Metro PCS on E. Shelby Drive taking nearly $800. He fled the scene in a Chevrolet Equinox which was the same vehicle he used to rob Cricket Wireless.

Police later identified Whitehead on CCTV at the Dollar General behind Metro PCS.