The men, Thomas James Williams, 22, and Timmy Washington, 17, and a third suspect who police are still seeking, were involved in a string of robberies of cellular stores in Macomb County and Detroit which were being investigated by multiple agencies, according to police.
According to witnesses called to testify Friday in a preliminary exam in 40th District Court before visiting Judge Thomas Brookover, the men entered the store and were talking on their phones. The men appeared to not want to be helped according to one of the witnesses, whom police asked not be identified, and told the employees that, "We'll take the phones if we want."
He told the men it was time for them to leave the store, and the men ripped smart phones from the security cords as they attempted to leave the store. The three suspects, and the store employee, all went to the door at the same time and broke the glass.
As the employee tried to unlock the door, he was thrown to the ground by the suspect still wanted by police.
Two of the suspects were later arrested as they reportedly committed a similar theft in Macomb Township.
Both men will stand trial on charges including unarmed robbery, conspiracy to commit unarmed robbery and malicious destruction of property. They are being held in the Macomb County Jail on $100,000 bond.