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Tampa cell phone sting leads to two arrests

TAMPA — Police have arrested two men they say tried to extort a woman who lost her cell phone.

Kimberly Kohn lost her phone while leaving work from her downtown office. James A. Robinson, 41, and Kenneth A. Washington, 35, found her phone and tried to get her to pay to get it back, authorities said.

Two police officers set up a sting Sunday night at 34th Street and Shadowlawn Avenue, and they arrested Robinson and Washington.

Robinson was charged with extortion, grand theft, conspiracy, dealing in stolen property and possession of cocaine. His bail was set at $28,500.

Washington was charged with extortion and conspiracy. His bail was set at $15,000.

Tampa cell phone sting leads to two arrests 04/19/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 19, 2010 10:25am]
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