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Yuriy Mishchuk

Yuriy Mishchuk

The cases of three California men accused of robbing the Albany Go Wireless store and kidnapping a worker on Feb. 27 continue to progress through Linn County Circuit Court.

Two of the suspects have been arraigned on indictments that carry an additional charge of unlawful use of a weapon: a firearm.

Christopher Orlando Rodriguez, 33, of Sacramento, California, and Vitaliy Derkatch, 27, of Roseville, California, also face charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping, attempted second-degree kidnapping, coercion and aggravated first-degree theft.

The third suspect, Yuriy Mishchuk, 32, of Rancho Cordova, California, is scheduled to be arraigned on a similar indictment on April 23.

Rodriguez was arraigned on the indictment on March 26, and he is scheduled for a pretrial conference on April 12. Derkatch was in court for the indictment on Monday, and he is set for a pretrial hearing on April 23.

Three suspects, two of them reportedly armed with pistols, robbed the store during daylight on a weekday, forcing an employee to open up a safe at gunpoint and then tying her up.

A probable cause affidavit in the case states that the robbery suspects stuffed cellular phones from the Verizon dealership into two large trash bags, including a phone that had a tracking device.

Authorities were able to use the tracking device to follow the suspects to Salem.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.

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