After a masked man robbed a T-Mobile store in east Vancouver Thursday night, police used the stolen electronics to locate him.
Bilal Joiner, 29, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the Vancouver Police Department.
Police responded around 7:50 p.m. for a reported robbery at 3205 S.E. 192nd Ave., a T-Mobile outlet store on the edge of the Fisher’s Landing East neighborhood.
Officers interviewed witnesses and obtained video surveillance footage that showed an armed, masked man had entered the store. He threatened employees with a handgun and directed them into a back room, where a storage safe was opened, police said.
The robber stole several Apple iPhones and watches, then fled south.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Joiner ran off with a duffle bag full of $5,760 worth of electronics. The employee who filled the bag also included an iPhone X package with a tracking device.