Three suspected of robbing cellphone store



Authorities have arrested three men accused of participating in an armed robbery at a Vancouver cellphone store in November.

The suspects allegedly used a knife to hold a store clerk in a back room while stealing several cellphones, Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Duncan Hoss said. The three men are also accused of burglarizing and stealing phones from the same store, Smart Wireless Cellular Phone store, 910 Tenney Road, in March.

Travis Safadago, 27, of Mukilteo, his brother Justen Safadago, 24, of Portland, and Robert Frendahl, 24, of Salem, Ore. were arrested for suspicion of theft, burglary, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery, the sheriff’s office said. The elder Safadago brother is expected to appear in Clark County Superior Court on Friday, Hoss said.

Clark County investigators allege the suspects sold the phones they stole to an East Coast wholesaler. The phones were traced back to the suspects, Hoss said.

The three men were charged with kidnapping because they used a knife to keep the store clerk from leaving, Hoss explained.

No more arrests are expected in the case, the sergeant noted.