Devante Shorts
Devante Shorts

An alleged armed robber made a bad call when he used a stolen cellphone to talk to his mother, according to police, who said it was phone records that led to his arrest.

Devante Dalvin Shorts, 18, of 52 N. Tremont St., Apt. 2, remains in York County Prison on $50,000 bail, charged with robbery, theft and receiving stolen property.

Charging documents state Shorts approached Scott Graff from behind on South Hartman Street at Oerman Avenue at 8:35 a.m. Oct. 16, put a gun to Graff's head and told him to "empty his pockets."

Graff, of East Philadelphia Street, had no cash on him, but did have his Samsung Galaxy cellphone worth about $600, police said.

Shorts took the phone and ran north on Hartman Street, police said.

Graff was on his way home from walking his child to Phineas Davis Elementary School, according to police.

Bad call: York City Detective Travis Sowers obtained records for Graff's phone and discovered it had been used several times after the robbery, documents state.

Sowers tracked down a woman who was called from Graff's phone. She is Shorts' mother and confirmed the call was made to her by Shorts, according to police.

Sowers visited Shorts Monday in prison, where he was being held on outstanding warrants, police said.

Shorts said he'd helped walk a friend's child to Phineas Davis that day, then "saw a white guy with a nice phone and took it from him," documents state.

He said he needed money and eventually sold the phone for $100, police said.

Shorts denied using a gun to commit the robbery, according to charging documents.

Sowers filed charges on Monday.

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