Police arrest pair from Davenport accused of multiple commercial burglaries

Christopher Williams (l) and Erwin King (r)

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Police have arrested two Davenport men believed to be involved in multiple “smash-and-grab” burglaries of cell phone stores across the city.

Arrested were Christopher Williams, 47 and Erwin King, 29. Both face charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief for break ins at two Cricket Wireless stores and at Midwest Radio Service on Brady Street. Authorities say the pair are also being investigated in other commercial burglaries that followed a similar pattern.

Throughout summer and fall, multiple stores – including at least six Boost Mobile locations – reported similar break-ins where the suspects used a rock or other large item to smash through the window, enter the store, and steal iPhone and Android devices.

Williams has been charged with 3rd degree burglary/3rd degree theft in connection to an Oct. 27 burglary at Midwest Radio Service on Brady Street, 3rd degree burglary in connection to an Oct. 21 burglary at Wide River Winery, 3rd degree burglary in connection to an Oct. 23 burglary at Davenport Public Storage, and 3rd degree burglary in connection to an Oct. 31 burglary at Major Art & Hobby.  Williams has also been charged with 1st degree theft/3rd degree burglary in connection to an Oct. 31 burglary at Green Thumbers and 2nd degree theft/3rd degree burglary in connection to a Nov. 2 burglary at Motorcycle Specialties.

King has been charged with 3rd degree burglary, 2nd degree theft and criminal mischief in connection with a June 11 burglary at Cricket Wireless on Kimberly Road. Additional charges against King are pending from a burglary on June 13 at the Locust Street Cricket Wireless as well.

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