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Man pleads guilty to racketeering charge for role in downtown Minneapolis cell phone ring
KSTP 5 Minneapolis, MN
Another member of what authorities have called a cellphone theft ring that operated in downtown Minneapolis had entered a guilty plea to a racketeering charge.
According to court records, 25-year-old Sherrod Onail Lamar Jr. entered the plea during an omnibus hearing on Wednesday morning. He is now scheduled to be sentenced on June 6.
Lamar was one of 12 people to be charged for their alleged roles in the ring, which operated from June 2021 through May 2022.
In addition to stealing phones, a criminal complaint says the suspects would also move money from the victims’ phones to people associated with the theft ring, and adds the stolen phones were sold both locally and outside of the United States. Authorities say more than four dozen phones were sent to Hong Kong and more than two dozen were sent to the employer of 32-year-old Zhongshuang Su, who was nicknamed “the iPhone Man.”